Johnstown details budget

JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District’s proposed $29.9 million district budget for 2013-14 – carrying a proposed 3 percent tax-levy increase – went before the public Tuesday night.

The tax increase is below the state’s 8.8 percent tax-levy cap for the district.

Superintendent Robert DeLilli conducted a Board of Education public hearing on the budget before about 20 people at Johnstown High School. The gathering consisted of only educators and high school students attending as a class requirement.

“The Board of Education will continue to monitor all expenses,” DeLilli told the group.

The board on April 24 adopted the proposed budget, which has expenditures totaling $29.88 million. Proposed spending is up 5 percent from the current $28.52 million district budget. The levy proposed for the next school year is $7.56 million – a 3 percent increase from $7.34 million in the 2012-13 budget.

DeLilli said the budget maintains programs such as arts, music, language and athletics. It doesn’t cut teacher supplies, and it adds one elementary teacher and one special education teacher.

Proposed expenditures for the next school year outlined by DeLilli include: general support, $3.9 million – up 8.3 percent; instruction, $15.1 million – up 8.7 percent; pupil transportation, $1.6 million – up 53.8 percent; employee benefits, $7.6 million – down 8.1 percent; and debt service, $1.4 million – down 1.9 percent.

Revenues for next year would include: state operating aid, $17.5 percent – up 5 percent; taxes, $7.5 million – up 3 percent; other, such as reimbursements, $1.5 million – down 23.5 percent; and fund balance, $2.6 million – up 40.9 percent.

DeLilli said district voters are scheduled to vote on the budget from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 21. That vote will also include the proposed purchase of three buses and the filling of three board seats.

Incumbent Douglas Dougherty, who also served two terms on the board from 1988 to 1994, is not running. But his wife, Kathy Dougherty is running.

Running for re-election are incumbent President Paul VanDenburgh and incumbent Vice President Jennifer Sponnoble.