Liberty voters approve $48.8 million budget

On Tuesday, May 15, Liberty Central School District residents approved the district’s $48.8 million 2018-19 budget proposal and elected three members to the Liberty Board of Education.

Voters approved:

  •  A $48,849,113 budget for 2018-19 that increases spending by 6.4 percent ($2,936,104) and carries a 2.71 percent tax levy increase ($505,308): 224 yes, 99 no;
  • A no-cost referendum which allows the district to expend the remaining balance of its Capital Reserve Fund: 234 yes, 85 no;
  • Three candidates for three open board of education seats: Joyce Teed, Peter Racette and Karen Hook.

Joyce Teed, Peter Racette and Karen Hook will begin serving their terms on the Liberty Board of Education on July 1, 2018. In total, three candidates sought election to the three open seats:

  • Joyce Teed: 248 yes votes
  • Peter Racette: 231 yes votes
  • Karen Hook: 211 yes votes

There were twelve write in ballots for the board:

  • Michael Tocco: 1 vote
  • Kurt Zilles: 1 vote
  • Tania DeFrank: 1 vote
  • Mike Priore: 1 vote
  • Wain Hewlett: 1 vote
  • Dan Marty: 1 vote
  • Ken Grabowski: 1 vote
  • Mary Grabowski: 1 vote
  • Marta Illing: 1 vote
  • William Hulse: 1 vote
  • Jennifer Desrochers: 2 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,” Interim Superintendent of Schools Carol Napolitano said. “It’s gratifying to move forward with a fiscal plan that ensures our students get the best education possible while also focusing on safety, security and technology advancements.”

Visit to learn more about the 2018-19 school budget.

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