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Liberty voters approve $44.4 million budget

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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.

Voters approved:

• A 44,414,849 budget for 2016-17 that increases spending by 3.3 percent ($1,433,044) and yields a -2.61 percent tax levy decrease: 480 yes, 150 no.
• Three candidates for three open board of education seats: Matthew DeWitt, Dr. Philip Olsen and John L. Nichols.

Mr. DeWitt, Dr. Olsen and Mr. Nichols will begin serving their terms on the Liberty Board of Education on July 1, 2016. In total, eight candidates sought election to the three open seats:

• Andrew Kavleski: 281 votes
• Anthony Covington: 121 votes
• Rachel A. Reeves-Graves: 93 votes
• Timothy P. Burke, Esq.: 134 votes
• Dr. Philip Olsen: 321 votes
• Cindy Prince: 181 votes
• Matthew DeWitt: 334 votes
• John L. Nichols: 306 votes

District officials would like to thank the members of the Liberty community for coming to the polls to vote.

“We want to thank all those who took time to vote today,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Silver said. “It’s gratifying to move forward with a fiscal plan that ensures our students get the best education possible and reduces the burden on our taxpayers.”

Visit to learn more about the 2016-17 school budget.

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