Budget

2018-19 Proposed Budget

On Tuesday, May 15, residents will head to the polls to vote on a $48,849,113 proposed budget for the 2018-19 school year. This proposed budget presents an increase in spending of $2,936,104 (or 6.40 percent) over the current year’s budget. If approved, it would result in a 2.71 percent tax levy increase in the coming year – below the district’s maximum allowable tax levy limit as calculated under the state’s “tax cap” formula.

Budget Vote Day Details

Liberty Central School District voters will cast ballots on the proposed 2018-19 school budget and school board candidates on Tuesday, May 15 in the Liberty High School gymnasium. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

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Budget Presentations Online

Liberty’s proposed 2018-19 budget: $48,849,113

  • Program Budget: $36,907,299
    The Program Budget includes: The salaries and benefits of all teachers, guidance counselors, aides, monitors, psychologists, nurses, social workers and speech therapists.
  • Capital Budget: $7,265,744
    The Capital Budget includes: Debt service on buildings; bus purchases; tax certiorari and court-ordered costs; and operations and maintenance costs including custodial staff.
  • Administrative Budget $4,676,069
    The Administrative Budget includes: The salaries and benefits of all professional members who spend 50 percent or more of their time in administration and supervision. Also included are: clerical staff; public information; curriculum development and supervision; research, planning and evaluation; legal services; and school board-related costs.

Liberty’s 2017-18 budget: $45,913,009

  • Program Budget: $35,026,605
    The Program Budget includes: The salaries and benefits of all teachers, guidance counselors, aides, monitors, psychologists, nurses, social workers and speech therapists.
  • Capital Budget: $6,348,100
    The Capital Budget includes: Debt service on buildings; bus purchases; tax certiorari and court-ordered costs; and operations and maintenance costs including custodial staff.
  • Administrative Budget $4,534,304
    The Administrative Budget includes: The salaries and benefits of all professional members who spend 50 percent or more of their time in administration and supervision. Also included are: clerical staff; public information; curriculum development and supervision; research, planning and evaluation; legal services; and school board-related costs.

Budget Development

Budget development is a year-round process. Here are some key dates in the development of the annual budget:

March 6 Regular Meeting
5:15 p.m. start
Budget Presentation                                                         
20 Regular Meeting Budget Presentation                                                         
April 3 Regular Meeting Budget Presentation                                                            
5
Thursday
Special Meeting Budget Workshop
17 Regular Meeting Budget Adoption
May 1 Regular Meeting Budget Hearing
15 Special Meeting
9 p.m. start
Budget Vote and Election
Liberty High School Gymnasium 

A contingent budget would result in reductions

If the budget is defeated, the board has three options: present the same budget for another vote; submit a revised budget for a vote; or adopt a contingent budget.

If the budget is defeated twice, the board must adopt a contingent budget, by law. Under the tax levy cap law, if a district adopts a contingent budget, it cannot increase its tax levy from that of the prior year by any amount – a zero percent increase.

For Liberty, a contingent budget would make the district subject to various limits and controls on how the money within the contingent budget is spent and would have to charge fees for public use of school buildings and grounds.