Business Office and District Budget

The School Business Official supervises Liberty’s Business Office, which is responsible for accounting, auditing, benefits coordination, capital projects coordination, contract negotiations, facility use coordination, the district census, payroll, purchasing, records management, and safety planning. The business office also supervises Buildings and Grounds, Food Services, and Transportation.

The 2021-22 Proposed District Budget

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The budget vote is Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Voters in the Liberty School District voters will vote May 18 on a $53,962,992 budget for the 2021-2022 school year which, for the fourth year in a row, calls for a zero percent increase in the tax levy. The Legal Notice for the 2021-22 budget hearing, annual meeting and election is available here

The proposed budget protects the education program without increasing taxes and reflects a 7.23 percent spending increase over the current $50.3 million budget. The budget also calls for for some conservative enhancements, including the expansion of the High School’s makerspace; repairs to track, tennis courts and the LMS/LHS parking lots; and continued investment in the 1:1 technology initiative at the elementary school, ensuring that all children have the tools they need to succeed.

In September, Liberty successfully welcomed students into the elementary, middle and high schools after the March 2020 state order to close buildings through the end of the school year. Facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are back, attending classes in person and remotely.

“Liberty’s students, staff and entire community have faced the challenges of the past year with amazing fortitude, commitment and resilience,” said Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore, Superintendent of Schools. “There are still challenges ahead, but I have every confidence that together we will always make Liberty a great place to learn.”

Voters will also elect four members to the Board of Education.

On the ballot

  • $53,962,992 budget proposed for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Proposition 2: Voters will consider the creation of a Capital Reserve Fund with the ultimate amount not to exceed $10 million and funded by depositing unexpended fund balances at the end of each school year. Like a savings account, the fund would allow the district to set aside money for capital improvements, building projects and repairs. Such funds cannot be spent without voter approval.
  • Voters will elect four board of education members. Three candidates submitted nominating petitions and are on the ballot. A write-in candidate may also be elected.
    Three candidates with the most votes will serve 3-year terms; the candidate who comes in fourth will serve the two years remaining of an unexpired term. The candidates, in the order they appear on the ballot, are:
  • Pamela Teed Fisk
  • Peter Racette
  • Maureen Crescitelli

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Budget Snapshot

  • Proposed Budget: $53,962,992
  • Proposed Budget Change: $3,638,069 (+7.23%)
  • Proposed School Tax Levy: $18,760,162
  • School Tax Levy Change: 0.00 %

Revenues| Proposed 2021-22 Budget

  • Property Taxes: $ 18,760,162
  • State Aid: $ 31,798,136
  • Fund Balance: $ 1,608,392
  • Reserves: $ 0
  • Other: $ 1,796,302
  • TOTAL: $ 53,962,992

    Expenditures|Proposed 2021-22 Budget

    • General Support: $7,144,831
    • Instruction: $26,075,731
    • Pupil Transportation: $3,839,935
    • Employee Benefits: $13,063,403
    • Debt Service $3,333,372
    • Interfund Transfers: $505,721

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    Voter Qualifications

    • You must be 18 years old, and
    • A U.S. citizen and a district resident for at least 30 days
    • The last day to register to vote is May 13, 2021

    Absentee Ballots

    Qualified voters may request an absentee ballot application by contacting District Clerk Tania DeFrank at or 845-292-6990.

    • May 10 is the last day for absentee applications to be received if you will be mailing your complete ballot
    • May 17 is the last day for absentee applications to be received if you will deliver your completed ballot in person
    • Absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk by 5 p.m. May 18, 2021 in order to be counted.

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    Everything You Need to Know About School Budgets in 60 Seconds

    In New York, school leaders begin developing their school budget proposal long before the public vote in May. Each budget proposal is unique, but the planning process is similar for most schools. 

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    Budget Timeline

    • March 9
      Budget Presentation at BOE meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Liberty High School.
    • March 23
      Budget Presentation at BOE meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Liberty High School.
    • April 6
      Budget Presentation at BOE meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Liberty High School.
    • April 19
      Last day for BOE candidates to submit a petition to appear on the ballot
    • April 20
      Board of Education adopts Proposed 2021-22 District Budget at its regular meeting, 6:30 p.m., Liberty High School
    • May 4
      BUDGET HEARING during regular meeting of the BOE, 6:30 p.m. in the Liberty High School Auditorium.
    • May 4-18
      Copies of the budget available for public review
    • May 11
      Last day for absentee applications to be received (if ballot is to be mailed)
    • May 13
      Last day to register to vote in the 2021-22 budget vote and school board elections
    • May 17
      Last day for absentee applications to be received if ballot is delivered in person
    • MAY 18
      BUDGET VOTE, 12-9 p.m., Liberty High School Gymnasium.
      Absentee ballots must be received in the Office of the District Clerk by 5 p.m.

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