Cuts, but no tax hike in Liverpool SD

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education further discussed the proposed 2009-10 budget at Monday night's meeting. The budget totals $132,936,007 and includes both staff reductions and some program cuts. There is no tax increase planned for the district with a budget-to-budget decrease of 0.03 percent. The estimated tax levy-to tax levy decrease is 1.10 percent.

The budget was discussed and then adopted with a 7-3 vote that will carry the budget over to a public vote on May 19. Further discussion on the budget will be heard during the public hearing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 7 at the district office.

Included in the vote against the budget were board members Colleen Pallotta, F. Joseph Unangst and board vice president David Savlov. The main concerns expressed from the opposed were that there was not enough consideration for the taxpayers and that the district may be over budgeted.

Although board president J. Mark Lawson assured the public that any revisions or prior discussions regarding the budget were included in Monday night's meeting. With decreasing enrollment, Unangst said he felt that was an area where the district may be budgeting too much for nothing.

In other discussions, a brief presentation on the summer school program and a question and answer session about Project Help were held prior to the main budget discussion. Both topics were on the agenda because the funding for both programs will most definitely affect the 2009-10 budget.

During the summer school presentation Assistant Superintendent Dr. Maureen Patterson and summer school principals Judy Campolieta and Barb Patterson took questions from the board to better explain the need for the program.

Lawson asked for suggestions regarding the budgetary needs of the program. He asked how crucial the inclusion of a middle school summer program was to the students' needs.

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