High school athletics in jeopardy as local school district fails to pass budget

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JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Voters turned down the proposed 35 percent tax levy increase for the Greater Johnstown School District. There were 1,150 votes in favor of the budget and 1,147 voted against, but a 60 percent supermajority was required for passage so the vote failed. 

Sports, electives and other extracurricular activities will not be funded for the 2019-2020 school year. 

The district was seeking an additional $3 million from taxpayers in comparison to last year. The superintendent says after the Great Recession, the district stopped raising taxes and instead used savings to pay the bills, which is why such a steep tax hike is necessary.

In two years, that savings will be gone. 

A revote is scheduled for June 18th, where the district will seek a 14.6 percent tax levy increase, which does not require a supermajority vote. 

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