At a special meeting on April 20, the Monroe-Woodbury Board of Education adopted a $164,817,836 proposed budget for 2016-17. This budget, which represents a spending increase of $3,556,581 or 2.21 percent, will result in a tax levy increase of 1.15 percent – an increase that is below the district’s legal limit as defined by New York’s tax levy cap legislation.
The district will receive an estimated increase of approximately $1.99 million in state aid for next year. The aid increase, in addition to a moderate use of fund balance and decreased costs associated with the state’s retirement system, have allowed Monroe-Woodbury to preserve its educational programs and personnel for the next year.
The proposed budget’s tax levy – $112,154,152 – is less than the allotted maximum allowable levy for 2016-17. This means that a simple majority of voters (more than 50 percent) is needed to pass the budget.
In addition to the proposed budget, district residents will also vote to authorize the purchase of 11 new school vehicles and elect three members to the Board of Education.
The 11 school vehicles – three 72-passenger buses with undercarriage compartments, at a maximum cost of $123,439 each; three 72-passenger buses, at a maximum cost of $118,842 each; three 29-passenger vans at a maximum cost of $66,209 each; and two wheelchair-accessible vans at a maximum cost of $54,195 each. More than 60 percent of the cost of buses will be covered by state aid.
Residents will also vote to allow a student to serve on the Board of Education as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board, in accordance with the provisions of Section 1702 of the Education Law.
In addition, residents will elect three members to the Board of Education to fill the seats of Lorraine Carroll, Suzanne Donahue, and Mark O’Brien, 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, 2016 and expire on June 30, 2019.
The candidates are (listed in ballot order):
- Charles LeViseur
- Suzanne Donahue (incumbent)
- Staci McCleary
- Lorraine Carroll (incumbent)
Please visit the district’s budget page for general information about budget creation and voting. Details about the proposed budget will be mailed to district residents as a budget brochure in early May and will also be posted on the website. Stay tuned for more detailed information.