Liverpool Central School District hosts annual public hearing for 2011-2012 budget

Taxes in the Liverpool Central School District will rise 2.3 percent this year, but the projected personnel cuts of 30 jobs might be shaved, according to Donald Cook, the school board president.

Cook talked about the board's spending plan following a public hearing which drew about 40 people to the Liverpool Central School District office, the former Craven Crawford Elementary building.

This is a high point for the district according to Cook, considering the amount of layoffs that were made last year with the closing of Wetzel Road Elementary.

130 positions to be exact.

This year, it's projected that of the 30 positions potentially cut, 6 of them being teachers.

"If we don't have state aid, don't have sales tax revenue, and with gap eliminations - we have to make it up somewhere," said Cook. "Nobody wants to see education or teachers cut. We'll actually hopefully end up not cutting any teachers."

Faced by the same state aid problem as other districts, like North Syracuse, Liverpool School District saw yet another decline in state aid funding this year. Even though the 2011-2012 projected budget is more than 1 million dollars lower than it was three years ago in 2008, its still 1.29 percent larger than the 2010-2011 adopted budget.

Since there is a higher budget, cuts have to be made, unfortunately, according to Liverpool School District Superintendent Richard Johns.

"The folks in Liverpool love their schools," said Johns. "We certainly don't want to take anything away."

In regards to the projected tax rise, Johns sounded optimistic and confident that it will be lower, but only time will tell.

See below for some of the 2011-2012 budget cuts, changes and other important statistics.

Summary of 2011-2012 budget cuts:

+ Personnel Positions: $2,370,120

+ Personnel Cutbacks: $268,600

+ Variance: $407,804

+ Student Programs: $699,256

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