Budget & School Taxes

Budget Revote July 28, 2020

The Greater Johnstown School District will conduct its school budget revote on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at the Johnstown Junior-Senior High Schoolwhen the polls will be open for in-person voting from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  All persons entering school premises must observe social distancing protocols and wear a mask or face covering.

Individuals who are unable to vote in person may apply for an absentee ballot. In accordance with Executive Order 202.47, due to the prevalence and community spread of COVID-19, the potential for contraction of the COVID-19 virus shall be deemed a temporary illness for the purpose of eligibility to vote as an absentee voter in a school budget revote held on July 28, 2020.

Public Budget Hearing

A public hearing on the Greater Johnstown School District’s proposed 2020-21 budget revote will take place online at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.  Use he link below to see the Livestream:

stream.meet.google.com/stream/478efc48-c5b0-4bd8-bb34-0bce56694dfc

When prompted to log in to Google, use the following credentials:

User Name: guest@johnstownschools.org
Password: Johnstown (please note the password is case sensitive)

If you are unable to livestream the meeting, you may call in and listen by phone:
‪(US) +1 385-645-7851‬
When prompted, enter PIN: ‪582 312 102‬#

Budget Workshop Presentations

When is the Annual Budget Vote & Board Election held?

Subject to few exceptions, school districts statewide are required by law to hold an annual budget vote and Board of Education Election on the third Tuesday in May.

Who is eligible to vote?

You may vote if you:

How do I register to vote?

Residents may register to vote at the office of the Fulton County Board of Elections (or the Montgomery County Board of Elections if you live in the Town of Palatine), or online through the NYS Board of Elections (it may take up to six weeks for your online application to be processed by NYS). The Board of Education also adopts a resolution designating a specific day and time for voter registration at school for persons not registered with the county.

For the July 28, 2020 budget revote, qualified voters may register in the lobby of the high school auditorium between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Please bring photo ID (NYS license, permit or non-driver ID card) and proof of residence such as recent utility bill with your name and street  address. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing measures.

Where do I vote?

For the July 28 2020 budget revote there will be in-person voting from 11:00 am. to 8:00 p.m. in the Johnstown Junior-Senior High school Auditorium Lobby.

How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

Voters registered as permanently disabled with the county board of elections will automatically receive an absentee ballot. Any other qualified voter wishing to vote by absentee ballot must submit an application to the district clerk’s office. Absentee ballot applications may be printed from this linkIf you are unable to print the application, you may call 518-762-4611 ext. 3119 and ask for an application to be mailed to you.

Completed applications must be received in the district clerk’s office at least seven days before the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the vote if the ballot will be picked up in person.

If you are issued an absentee ballot, it must be received in the district clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, to be counted.

When are absentee ballots due?

If you are provided with an official absentee ballot, it must be received in the office of the District Clerk not later than 5 p.m. on the day of the election, in an envelope that bears a signed “Statement of Absentee Voter,” in order to be counted by the election inspectors.

Absentee Ballots and Voter Privacy

Have you wondered how absentee ballots are counted and how voter anonymity is maintained? We explain the process here: https://www.johnstownschools.org/absentee-ballots-and-voter-privacy/