Liverpool passes 2010-11 school budget with 7-1 vote

Board of Education approves 2.18 percent tax levy; 130 staff reductions

The Liverpool Central School District's Board of Education voted 7 - 1 to approve the 2010-11 school budget during their special meeting at 7 p.m. April 5.

The meeting was held at the Liverpool District Office.

Board member Michael Murphy was the sole opposition to the budget's approval.

Before the vote, Murphy said he could not vote in favor because he did not agree with some of the reductions and the action of "dipping into reserves."

Board member John Woloszyn said Murphy's recent proposals for the budget involved a higher tax levy than the 2.18 percent that was approved tonight. However, Woloszyn said that would be "unfair to taxpayers," as the economy has affected the entire community of the district.

The initial budget proposal, presented by Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns Feb. 8 of this year, began at a total of $131,985,932,with a 2.18 percent tax levy. Although the tax levy remains the same with an approved $131,277,809 budget after Monday night's vote, the Board of Education's modifications to the technology plan and the loss of an estimated $758,161 in county sales tax revenue made the biggest impressions.

Athletics in the district will also see some changes to suit the budget's needs. Even so, the board agreed George Mangicaro, director of health, physical education and athletics, is doing all that he can to make sure modified sports competitions are fully organized.

"I'm very sorry for the people that have been affected by the things we had to do," said Patricia DeBona-Rosier, board member. "There is just not enough money to go around."

The budget will most likely make a large number of people unhappy because of substantial changes, said board member Rick Pento.

While 129.11 jobs will be cut, Pento said the district should prepare for future modifications.

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