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M-W residents approve $176.6 million budget for the 2018-2019 school year, vehicle purchase and elect three BOE representatives

By a vote of 977 to 407, residents approved a $176,593,137 budget for 2018-19 school year. This budget, which represents a spending increase of $5,390,929 or 3.15 percent, results in a tax levy increase of 2.86 percent, which is under the tax cap. The budget maintains all current programs, staff and services, adds additional teaching positions and enhances the district’s safety initiatives with the addition of at least one School Resource Officer, additional cameras and more.

District residents also approved (943 to 433) a proposition that will allow Monroe-Woodbury to purchase 10 new school vehicles. More than 60 percent of the cost of the vehicles is covered by state aid.

In addition, residents voted to fill three seats on the Monroe-Woodbury Board of Education. Two incumbents were re-elected: Anthony Andersen with 1,061 votes and Christopher DiLorenzo with1,077 votes. Newly elected is Dawn Tauber with 1,063 votes. Their terms will commence on July 1, 2018 and expire on June 30, 2021.

2018-2019 budget overview

2018-19 proposed budget: $176,593,137

Spending increase: $5,390,929 or 3.15%

Tax Levy Increase: 2.86%*
     *The tax levy increase is below the district’s legal limit as defined by New York’s tax levy cap legislation.

2018-2019 Budget Notice

Budget Video Series – Patrick Cahill, Assistant Superintendent for Business & Management Services

How is a school district budget developed?

What should residents know about the proposed budget?

M-W Board of Education adopts proposed budget for 2018-2019 school year

At a special meeting on April 19, the Monroe-Woodbury Board of Education adopted a $176,593,137 proposed budget for the 2018-2019 school year. This budget, which represents a spending increase of $5,390,929 or 3.15 percent, will result in a tax levy increase of 2.86 percent – an increase that is below the district’s legal limit as defined by New York’s tax levy cap legislation. The proposed budget allows Monroe-Woodbury to preserve its educational programs, enhance security initiatives and maintain personnel for the 2018-2018 school year.

The proposed tax levy – $119,800,000 – is less than the allotted maximum allowable levy for 2018-2019. This means that a simple majority of voters (more than 50 percent) is needed to pass the budget.

The proposed budget includes an increase in funding of approximately $390,000 for districtwide security enhancements. The security department budget would increase from $1.23 million in 2017-18 to $1.62 million in 2018-2019. The additional appropriations would fund school resource officer(s) and enhancements to school security systems, such as additional door access controls, security cameras and a visitor management system.

In addition to the proposed budget, district residents will also vote to authorize the purchase of 10 new school vehicles at a cost of $1,068,950: seven 72-passenger bus with undercarriage compartments, one 72-passenger bus with undercarriage compartments, and two 8-passenger Chevy Suburbans. More than 60 percent of the cost of the vehicles will be covered by state aid. The vehicles being retired collectively have in excess of 1.5 million miles of use.

Residents will also elect three members to the Board of Education to fill the seats of Anthony Andersen, Christopher DiLorenzo and Michael Salatto, whose terms expire at the end of the school year. The three candidates who receive the most votes will be appointed and sworn in at the organizational board meeting in July. Their terms will commence on July 1, 2018 and expire on June 30, 2021.

The candidates are (listed in ballot order):

  • Dawn Tauber
  • Christopher DiLorenzo (incumbent)
  • Anthony Andersen  (incumbent)

The annual budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 15. Please visit the district’s budget page for general information about budget creation and voting. A budget brochure with information related to the proposed budget will be mailed to district residents in early May. Please email questions to or contact the business office at 845-460-6200.

2018-2019 budget presentations

February 21, 2018 – Book 1

  • Budget Development Process, MW State Aid and Tax Cap, Computation Refresher
  • Transportation
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Safety & Security
  • Data Processing, Computer Assisted Instruction
  • Central Printing & Library Media

March 14, 2018 – Books 2 & 3

  • Curriculum & Instruction

April 4, 2018 – Preliminary General Personnel Considerations 

April 11, 2018 – Superintendent Budget Recommendations

Budget Vote Day details

Monroe-Woodbury Central School District voters will cast ballots on the proposed school budget and school board candidates on the second Tuesday of May at Central Valley Elementary School, 45 Route 32, Central Valley. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Voter eligibility

You are eligible to vote if you are a United States citizen, 18 years or older, and a resident of the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District for at least 30 days prior to the annual vote date.

If you are registered to vote in general elections, you are automatically eligible to vote in school elections. If you are not registered, you can obtain a registration form in the office of the district clerk, at any school building or download a New York State voter registration form.

Special Voter Registration will be held at the Education Center at 278 Route 32, Central Valley on:

  • Dates TBA

Absentee ballots

Absentee ballots are available to registered residents who are unable to vote in person for reasons of illness or disability or who will be out of town on the date of the vote. Applications for absentee ballots are available from the District Clerk by calling (845)460-6200 ext. 6203 or by downloading the Application for Absentee Ballot.

Building a school budget for the future

Developing the annual budget is a year-round process. On the third Tuesday of each May, that process culminates when residents go to the polls to vote on a school budget proposal for the following year and to elect Board of Education members.

Visit this webpage throughout the school year for updates on the annual school budget development process or click on the links below for more information.

Read more about creating a school budget.



Budget fact sheets (in PDF format)

Three Tax Levy Numbers
Tax Levy “Cap” formula
School mandates and mandate relief in New York State
Today’s contingent budgets
Public employee pensions in New York State
Smart Schools Bond Act
General advocacy toolkit

Budget videos

NYS Voter Turnout
Tax Levy “Cap” explained

New York Public Schools: The Right Investment