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JOHNSBURG — The school district is proposing an $11.11 million budget, which includes funding to hire a part-time mental health counselor and improve the tennis and basketball courts.

The spending plan is an increase of about $262,000, or 2.4% over this year’s budget. The tax levy is increasing by 2.9% up to the district’s cap of $5.97 million.

Superintendent Michael Markwica said the cost drivers in this year’s budget include increases in salaries and health insurance and new textbooks and programs for the state’s new curriculum.

In addition, the budget includes funding to reseal the outdoor tennis and basketball courts, as well as the parking lot. There is also money for security upgrades.

No programs or positions are being eliminated, according to Markwica.

“We worked very hard this year to present a fair budget for all taxpayers and stay within the allowable cap. This budget will allow us to maintain current programming and address some of the large maintenance projects that we haven’t been financially able to complete that we can no longer put off,” he said in an email.

State aid is funding 32% of the budget. The district is receiving $68,000 more in aid for a total of $3.56 million. Property taxes make up 54% of the budget. The district also plans to use $1.09 million in fund balance and is budgeting $522,000 from miscellaneous revenue such as late fees, interest on earnings and tuition.

There are no special ballot propositions.

Michael Sharp, Courtney Van Voorhis and Jacob Sauer-Jones are seeking two three-year seats on the school board. The district newsletter provided information about the candidates.

Sharp is a teacher and coach at Schroon Lake Central School, owns a painting business and is involved in youth outdoor programs. Van Voorhis has been president of the PTO for the past two years and had previously owned a hardware store for five years. Sauer-Jones works as a firefighter/paramedic with the Glens Falls Fire Department and an operations manager/paramedic at North Warren EMS.

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Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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