Public hearing set on district budget

JOHNSTOWN -The Greater Johnstown School District will conduct a public hearing on its $30.3 million 2014-15 district budget at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Johnstown High School Lecture Hall.

A Candidate’s Night Forum will follow, providing an opportunity for the public to learn about the four Board of Education candidates seeking election to three open seats May 20. The terms of board members Anne Cassidy, Angela Clizbe and Brian Miller Sr. expire this year.

Candidates on the ballot will be Clizbe, newcomer Salvatore Giarrizzo, and former board members Scott Miller and Evamarie Mraz.

The district’s budget, adopted April 10 by the board, is also subject to public vote from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 20. The spending plan increases appropriations by 1.5 percent and contains a tax-levy increase of 2.47 percent, which is below the state-imposed tax cap. The tax levy would increase from $7.56 million to $7.75 million for the next school year.