Voters approve 2019-20 budget, elect three board members

On Tuesday, May 21, Liberty Central School District residents approved the district’s $48.4 million budget proposal and elected three members to the Board of Education.

Voters approved:

  • A $48,393,178 budget for 2019-20 that decreases spending by -0.93%, carries a 0% tax levy increase and is below the tax cap: 312 yes, 58 no
  • A no-cost referendum which allows the district to transfer no more than $350,000 from its general fund to its capital fund in order to replace the Liberty Elementary School’s gymnasium floors and mat walls: 302 yes, 63 no
  • Three candidates for three open board of education seats: Matthew DeWitt, Philip Olsen and John Nichols.

Matthew DeWitt, Philip Olsen and John Nichols will begin serving their terms on the Liberty Board of Education on July 1, 2019. In total, four candidates sought election to the three open seats:

  • Marta Illing: 195 yes votes
  • Philip Olsen: 210 yes votes
  • John Nichols: 272 yes votes
  • Matthew DeWitt: 307 yes votes

District officials would like to thank the members of the Liberty community for coming to the polls to cast their vote.

“We want to thank all those who took time to vote today. We’re always so grateful for the community’s support.” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore said.

Visit to learn more about the 2019-20 school budget.

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