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2016-17 Budget Information

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Liberty voters approve $44.4 million budget; elect three board members

On Tuesday, May 17, Liberty Central School District residents approved the district's $44.4 million 2016-17 budget proposal and elected three members to the Liberty Board of Education.  read more

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Voters to decide $44.4 million proposed budget  May 17

Eligible residents will vote on a $44.4 million school budget proposal from noon to 9 p.m. in the LHS gymnasium. Voters also will decide upon eight candidates to fill three open seats on the Liberty Board of Education. read more

Budget newsletter sent home to residents

The Budget Edition of the Liberty Central School District newsletter was mailed to residents on May 5. read more

2016-17 budget statement available online

Click here to view a PDF version the district's budget statement and required attachments. These documents are also avalaible for public view in the main office of each school building in the District, the Business Office and the Liberty Public Library.

Not sure if you're registered to vote? Find out here:

Polls are open for district residents to vote from noon – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at the Liberty High School gymnasium. If you’re not sure if you’re registered, click here to check your registration status.

LFA Meet the Candidates Night will take place May 2

All teachers, staff, board of education and community members are invited to attend the LFA Meet the Board of Education Candidates Night on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Liberty High School cafeteria. read more

Liberty 2016-17 School Budget Hearing set for May 3

The budget hearing on the proposed 2016-17 budget will be held Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the David E. Panebaker Auditorium in the Liberty High School. The Annual Meeting Budget Vote and Election will take place Tuesday, May 17 from noon – 9 p.m. in the high school’s gymnasium. Find out if you are eligible to vote.

Learn budget basics in less than 3 minutes with School Budgets 101 video

Want to learn the fundamentals of how the district builds its proposed budget each year?  Click here to watch a video.

Learn about some of the biggest challenges affecting New York Schools

It's time to get our facts straight. View fact sheets about the mandates, pensions, GEA and the tax levy limit (tax levy "cap"):

Mandates and Mandate Relief (PDF)
Public Employee Pensions in NYS (PDF)
NYS Gap Elimination Adjustment (PDF)
New York's Tax Levy "cap" formula: How does it add up? (PDF)
The three tax levy numbers under New York state’s tax levy “cap” (PDF)
Raising the stakes for schools: Today's contingent budgets (PDF)
Understanding New York's STAR Program (PDF)

Budget Presentations

Dec. 8, 2015: 2016-17 Rollover Budget (PDF)

Feb. 9, 2016: Budget Overview (PDF)

March 7, 2016: Non-Instructional Budget (PDF)

March 15, 2016: Instructional Budget (PDF)

April 5, 2016: Revenue Summary  (PDF)

School Tax Rates

Listed below are the school tax rates for 2015-16. Tax rates are per $1,000 of assessed property value.

• Liberty: $35.56
• Bethel: $40.49
• Fallsburg: $47.67
• Neversink: $777.92
• Rockland: $33.59

Tax rates differ between towns because of equalization rates set by the New York State Office of Real Property Services. Equalization rates are established in effort to make sure the tax levy is fairly distributed since the district spans multiple municipalities. The district sets final tax rates each August after towns finalize assessment figures and the state sets equalization rates.

Understanding Equalization Rates (PDF)


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Budget Information

Budget Glossary


Tax Information


Tax Related F.A.Q's

Tax Bills Explained (PDF)

Understanding Equalization Rates (PDF)


STAR Exemptions

Fact Sheet (PDF)

N.Y.S. Department of Taxation and Finance


Voter Information

Absentee Ballots

Voter Qualifications


Budget History






Capital Projects

Phase II

Phase I


Liberty Central School District Business Office

District Office
115 Buckley Street
Liberty, NY 12754
Phone: (845) 292-6171
Fax: (845) 292-1164

Business Manager
Lorine Lamerand ext. 2060

Chrissy Klein ext. 2053

Tax Collector
Jeanne Dutcher
(845) 439-3557

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