Budget Information

M-W residents approve 2019-20 budget, school vehicle purchase proposition and elect three board members

Residents of Monroe-Woodbury voted to approve the two propositions on the ballot May 21, including the $181.3 million budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

By a vote of 1,139 to 462, residents approved a $181,276,309 budget for 2019-2020 school year. This budget, which represents a spending increase of $4,683,172 or 2.65 percent, results in a tax levy increase of 2.57 percent, which is just 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 School Resource Officers in each school building and upgrades to classroom door lock systems.

District residents also approved a proposition that will allow Monroe-Woodbury CSD to purchase 11 new school vehicles with a vote of 1,116 to 488. 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. Three incumbents were re-elected: Staci McCleary with 1,124 votes; Suzanne Donahue with 957 votes; and Lorraine Carroll with 908 votes. Jeffery Reynolds received 614 votes and Kiesha Tillman received 418 votes.

        2019-2020 budget overview

        2019-20 budget: $181,276,309

        Spending increase: $4,683,172 or 2.65%

        Tax Levy Increase: 2.57%*
             *The tax levy increase is just below the district’s legal limit as defined by New York’s tax levy cap legislation.

        For additional information, the 2019-2020 Budget Statement contains details of the proposed budget.

        Budget Vote Day details

        Monroe-Woodbury Central School District voters will cast ballots on the proposed school budget and school board candidates on the third 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  visit the NYS Register to Vote page for more information.

        Special Voter Registration

        Special voter registration will be held at the Education Center at 278 Route 32, Central Valley. Days TBA for 2020.

        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.

          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