Budget Vote Day Details

Liberty Central School District voters will cast ballots on the proposed 2019-20 school budget and school board candidates on Tuesday, May 21 in the Liberty High School gymnasium. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

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Voter Qualifications: your questions, answered!

Liberty’s 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.

Budget Development

Budget development is a year-round process. Shaping the district’s budget begins by determining expected enrollment for each grade at every school, as well as enrollment for English Language Learners, students with special needs and students considered at-risk for academic failure. The primary factor shaping school’s budget is the expected enrollment. This helps determine the amount of funding a school receives from local tax dollars and federal grants, including Title I dollars.  This one page budget 101 infographic (PDF) offers a  step-by-step overview of the annual school budget development process.

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.