NYS Comptroller Warns Monticello It Has Entered "High-Risk Zone" For Exceeding Constitutional Tax Cap -- Tax Increase Coming -- Public Input Is Needed -- DOWNLOAD BUDGET HERE

If you own property in Monticello and do not want your taxes to rise beyond the cap set by the State, your input is needed.

Board members and the Village Manager require persuasion concerning the importance of staying within spending limits. A healthy turnout of Monticello residents at a June 6th public hearing made their voices heard. Please keep attending and alert your friends.

The public is respectfully invited to attend the next Budget Workshop on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 starting at 4:30 PM, followed by the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees at 5:30 PM. It is anticipated that the final budget will be adopted.

All of the following files are public documents and are posted here in entirety as a public service.

I would add, incidentally, that in the nine years I have served on the Board of Trustees, this is the most rushed job that I have ever seen in constructing a budget. The board as a whole has been denied the opportunity to meet with Department heads, to discuss potential areas of savings, as we have done in every prior year. This draft budget was put together by two people at Village Hall and presented to the board under cover of the e-mail from the Treasurer that appears below. At this writing, the board has spent one hour in public session discussing it, with one additional hearing planned before adoption. Additionally, to my knowledge this is the first the Village of Monticello has ever received this type of warning letter from the Comptroller's office.

Respectfully, if you own property in Monticello, please make your voice heard before it is too late. Thank you.

The following two links to work files on the NYS Comptroller's website accompanied the above letter and graph:

The following email from the Village Treasurer to members of the Board of Trustees explains the budget documents and data files below:

From: "Melissa DeMarmels (Treasurer - Village of Monticello)"
Date: May 22, 2017 4:06 PM
Subject: 2018 Tentative Budget Filing
To: "Doug Solomon" , "Jill Weyer" , "Carmen Rue" , "Aleta Lymon" , "George Nikolados"

Cc: , "Clerk (Village of Monticello)" ,

Dear Mayor and Trustees,

The 2018 Tentative Budget has been filed with the Village Clerk. The Village Manager and I worked together over the past few weeks to get to this point, incorporating and updating the requests received from Village Department Heads. Highlights of the filing are as follows:

The rates for Water, Sewer and Sanitation are unchanged.

Unfortunately, for the General Fund the picture is not as rosy. We do not recommend using unassigned fund balance to balance the budget, as the projection for year end 2017 is roughly the minimum 10% of 2018’s tentative budgeted expenditures. We are however recommending a transfer of funds from the Community Development Fund (Home Grant $) of $275,000. We have also taken the tax levy up to the maximum allowed per the Constitutional Tax Limit for the Village. This equates to a 5.5% increase in taxes. This is not an ideal place to be by any means. Just to get to this level we have left vacant positions unfilled and taken out the request for a combo-body for the Highway Department.

(Attached is a more detailed summary).

Also attached is the payroll schedule used to craft this tentative filing.

We look forward to working with you at the budget workshops the coming weeks.

Best Regards,

Melissa DeMarmels
Village of Monticello
2 Pleasant Street
Monticello, NY 12701
(845) 794-6130 ext 311
Fax (845) 794 - 2327