Budget & School Taxes
2020-21 Budget Document Available
The2020-2021 budget document, with required attachments, is available to view or print.
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:
- are at least 18 years old;
- are a U.S. Citizen;
- have been a resident of the Greater Johnstown School District for the past 30 days; and
- are a registered voter (check here to see if you are currently registered to vote in the GJSD).
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.
Where do I vote?
For the May 18, 2021 budget vote, polls for in-person voting will be open 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 link. If 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.
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/