Frequently Asked Questions about the Budget
How did the budget get on the ballot?
In April of 2023, the Monroe Free Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously to petition for a budget increase for the 2023 election for the 2024 Monroe Free Library Operating Budget. From May until August the Monroe Free Library Board of Trustees petitioned for signatures from the residents in the library’s service area. To get on the ballot, the library needed to submit 699 signatures (10% of the voters who voted in the last gubernatorial election) to the Town clerk and then to the Orange County Board of Elections. By August 2023, the library collected 867 signatures that were submitted and reviewed by the town clerk. Once it was approved, it was submitted to the Orange County Board of Elections.
How much is the library asking for?
The library is asking for $35,000.
When was the last budget vote & what were the results?
The last budget vote was in 2022 and it passed.
How much will this increase my taxes?
To assess your library tax, you have to know your home assessed value and multiply it by the proposed library tax rate increase.
|Home Assessed Value
|Proposed Library Tax rate increase
|Toal increase in your taxes
|increase per day
|0.03 per day
What percentage increase of the library's current budget is the library proposing to increase? The proposed FY 2024 contains a 2.3% increase over the amount levied in 2022 which is below the NYS Tax Cap.
When do I vote on this budget & how?
The Election takes place on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The library proposition is on the back of the ballot.
How do I know I am a registered voter?
You can use this website ( https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/ ) to see if you are registered to vote.
How do I know where to vote?
Check out this website (https://vic.ntsdata.com/home/Orange ) to look up your voter poll site.
What happens if the budget doesn’t pass?
If the budget does not pass, then the library will be operating off a 2023 budget in an economy of 3.7% inflation.
How will the money from the budget increase be spent?