Budget season is underway

While much of the local media coverage surrounding school budgets typically appears throughout the months of April and May, the development of the district’s annual spending plan is a year-long process.

December

Budget season progresses with several public information sessions led by the district’s business manager.  Community members are encouraged to share their input and ask questions.

January – February

The governor presents his proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year, including projected figures for school aid.

The board of education, school administrators and business manager will get their first sense of state aid revenues.

The district’s budget development will continue; potential changes and reductions will be discussed and taken into consideration.

March

Throughout the month, district residents and members of the Board are encouraged to review, ask questions, and voice opinions about the proposed budget.

You should know

  • The Liberty Board of Education will meet on March 5, March 19, April 9, April 11, April 23, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s media center.

April

After months of budget work with district staff and community members, the board of education will come to an agreement for the proposed spending plan.

You should know

  • Copies of the adopted budget will be made available for the public and can be obtained after April 25 in each school building’s main office as well as the Liberty Public Library.
  • Absentee ballots will be available beginning mid-April and throughout the month of May.

May

District residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, May 21.

You should know

  • The district’s budget newsletter will be sent to residents on or around May 14.

June

If the budget is defeated, the board of education may put up the same or a modified budget for a revote or adopt a contingency budget, which allows no increase in the tax levy and restricts certain expenditures. The same rules regarding the district’s tax levy limit apply for a revote.

You should know

  • A revote, if needed, is held the third Tuesday in June.
  • If the budget is defeated, the board of education must adopt a contingency budget.