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Monroe residents say they're unhappy with how the Town of Monroe is being handled. As Jessica Chen reports, United Monroe is stepping up to make sure their voices heard by the town.

MONROE, N.Y. -- Emily Convers is the chair of United Monroe. She said her and the other members are frustrated with how the Town of Monroe has been handled.

On Sunday, the group held a fundraiser.

"So many people care so much about their community to pitch in and support the cause," said Convers.

The goal was to raise money to hire attorneys to tackle a number of issues.

Now that the Village of Kiryas Joel is asking for a 500-acre annexation, they are worried about a repeat of 2012. That's when Monroe purchased a closed theater without any public input.

Monroe Mayor James Purcell said the annexation could potentially leave taxpayers paying more.

"You’re talking about a $9.5 million assessment which is going to be lost to the Town of Monroe," said Purcell. "Who is going to make up that difference because there will be a donut hole in their budget now?"

Officials have said around $700,000 could potentially be shifted from the Monroe-Woodbury School District to the Village of Kiryas Joel.

In regards to United Monroe's concerns, Town of Monroe Supervisor Harley Doles sent an e-mail to Time Warner Cable News.

The email said, "Until a thorough and complete SEQR review is done, before all involved agencies have been heard and the public has had their right to comment, annexation will not happen. The Town of Monroe is not for sale."

However, residents in Monroe will continue to make sure their voices are heard.

"They don’t want to work with us, they want what they want, regardless," said Steven Pavia, a Town of Monroe resident.

The town will be holding a board meeting on Monday to discuss the proposed annexation. The meeting is open to the public.

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