Public Budget Hearing May 4; Budget Document Available Online

The Greater Johnstown School District will hold a public hearing on the $39,967,989 proposed budget for the 2021-22 school year at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4.  The budget hearing will take place in the Johnstown Jr-Sr High Performing Arts Center and community members may attend in person. Masks must be worn and social distancing guidelines must be observed. The hearing will be recorded and posted to the district website for viewing.

The proposed budget represents a 2.5% spending increase ($992,700) and a tax levy increase of 3.8% ($393,427), which is within the district’s allowable New York State tax levy cap increase. This will be the first time since 2017 that the tax levy increase will be within the cap, meaning only a simple majority (more than 50%) will be required to pass the budget. The estimated annual increase on a $100,000 home would be $63.00 (equivalent to a weekly increase of $1.21).

A PDF copy of the proposed 2021-2022 Budget Document, with required attachments, is available to view or print.

On Tuesday, May 18, polls will be open for in-person voting from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Johnstown Junior-Senior High School. Unlike last year, when the Governor issued Executive Orders due to COVID-19, absentee ballots will not be automatically mailed to voters, but must be requested by application. (Note: Ballots will be automatically mailed to voters whose registration with the County Board of Elections is marked “Permanently Disabled”, without the necessity of an application).

To apply for an absentee ballot, please print and fill out this absentee ballot application. Bring the completed application to the District Clerk’s Office, or mail it to the following address (applications may not be submitted by email):

District Clerk
Knox Building, 400 South Perry Street
Johnstown, NY 12095

Please note these deadlines for absentee ballots:

  • If you want the absentee ballot mailed to you, the completed absentee ballot application must be received in the District Office no later than 4 p.m. on May 11, 2021
  • If the absentee ballot will be picked up, the completed application must be received in the District Office no later than 4 p.m. on May 17, 2021.
  • Absentee Ballots must be completed and returned to the District Office no later than 5 p.m.  May 18, 2021.

For more information, contact the District Office at 518-762-4611.