Liverpool presents budget to local elected officials

The Liverpool Central School District invited local elected officials at the state, village, town and county level, to attend a budget de-briefing session.

The meeting was held at 8 a.m. at the Liverpool District Office.

LCSD Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns presented his budget proposal that he announced to the public Feb. 8. He reviewed this initial proposal in case some of the officials in attendance were unaware of its details.

"This is the best budget for the dollar spent," Johns said of the Feb. 8 proposal, which contains no amendments or changes that have been made as of March 15.

Johns made available the itemized list of programs, supplies and personnel that are currently being discussed among the Board of Education. This list can also be accessed at the district Web site, liverpool.k12.ny.us.

"I have never, ever made cuts to a budget like this," Johns said in regard to the financial struggle schools across the state are experiencing.

County sales tax agreement

Johns continued to mention that in his Feb. 8 proposal, the budget was configured with $1.68 million of county sales tax revenue.

Since the county's contract ends Dec. 31 of this year, and no renewal has been made as of yet, Johns said the Board of Education is now looking for about $842,202.

The county runs on a fiscal calendar year that will end before the 2010-11 school year is completed. Therefore, the school district will only receive have of the once expected $1.68 million.

Even though the definite closure of Wetzel Road Elementary could save approximately $1.6 million, the loss of sales tax revenue and various other sources of funding are dramatically affecting the current budget modifications.

Board of Education members John Woloszyn and Michael Murphy were also at this morning's meeting.

Woloszyn addressed the state legislation that was represented at the meeting with concerns of how the state could be overlooking the importance of school districts' needs.

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