The proposed 2018-2019 school district budget fell short of the 60% supermajority required and was defeated by voters at the polls on May 15, despite a vote of 461 in favor and 439 opposed.
Incumbents Kathryn Zajicek (638), Susanne Fitzgerald (598) and Ronald Beck (565) were re-elected to the Board of Education.
To achieve a supermajority, 60% of the total votes cast by qualified voters must be in the affirmative. Of the 900 eligible budget votes cast in the May 15 vote, 540 needed to be affirmative to create a 60% supermajority (900 x 60% = 540). The proposed budget received 461 affirmative votes, which is approximately 51% (total yes votes of 461 ÷ total votes of 900 = 0.5122).
The Board of Education will meet in the JHS small cafe at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at which time it is anticipated they will discuss placing a revised budget proposal before voters on June 19, 2018.
Learn more about the defeated budget proposal here: https://www.johnstownschools.org/budget-2018/