Johnstown residents reject 2019-20 budget proposal

By a vote of 1,150 to 1,147, residents of the Greater Johnstown School District rejected a proposed $38,695,480 budget for the 2019-20 school year. The proposed budget called for an 8.5% spending increase from the 2018-19 school year and a 35% tax levy increase, which is above the district’s calculated tax levy “cap.” A supermajority of voters was required for budget approval; 50.0% of voters approved the budget.

“The district did achieve a majority, but we were not able to meet the requirements of the tax cap legislation,” said Dr. Patricia Kilburn, superintendent of schools. “However, we had a record number of voters come out and we have an involved community, which is what we need right now as we move forward to figure out the future for Johnstown schools.”

Board of Education members will meet at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 22 in the Johnstown High School media center to discuss next steps. Kilburn has indicated that the board is likely to adopt a revised budget proposal that calls for a smaller tax levy increase and reduces non-mandated programs for students. The statewide school budget revote day is Tuesday, June 18.