Budget Information

M-W residents approve budget, propositions and elect three board membersSapphire kindergarten students dance and sing at their festival.

Residents of Monroe-Woodbury voted to approve all three propositions on the ballot May 16, including the $171.2 million budget for the 2017-18 school year.

By a vote of 1,466 to 692, residents approved a $171,202,208 budget for 2017-18 school year. This budget, which represents a spending increase of $6,384,372 or 3.87 percent, results in a tax levy increase of 3.85 percent, which is under the tax cap. The budget maintains all current programs, staff and services.

District residents also approved (1,400 to 753) a proposition that will allow Monroe-Woodbury to purchase 12 new school vehicles. More than 60 percent of the cost of the vehicles is covered by state aid.

And voters approved (1,291 to 850) a proposition allowing the school district to establish a capital reserve fund with a contribution limit of $40 million over a duration of 15 years. The reserve allows the district to put any potential surplus monies aside in a voter-controlled fund that will be used for capital projects and improvements to district buildings or facilities.

In addition, residents voted to fill three seats on the Monroe-Woodbury Board of Education. Three incumbents were re-elected: Donald Beeler with 1,680 votes; Daniel Ezratty with 1,637 votes; and Jon Huberth with 1,721 votes. Sylvia Stanley-Dummitt received 646 votes.

2017-18 budget overview

2017-18 budget: $171,202,208

Spending increase:$6,384,372 or 3.87%

Tax Levy Increase: 3.85%*
     *The tax levy increase is below the district’s legal limit as defined by New York’s tax levy cap legislation.

2017-18 budget-related video series

Assistant Superintendent for Business and Management Services Patrick Cahill shares information related to the budget development process in a series of brief videos.

Budget Overview #1 – What’s the budget development process?

Budget Overview #2 – What is the tax cap?

Budget Overview #3 – What is a capital reserve fund?

Budget Overview #4 – Budget challenges

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.


2016-17 budget overviewSmith Clove student hard at work.

Budget total: $164,817,836
Spending increase: $3,556,581 or 2.21%
Tax Levy increase: 1.15%

2016-17 budget brochure, including budget notice

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