Library’s board of trustee votes released

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Public Library on Friday released the results of Wednesday’s library Board of Trustees election involving three members.

Library Director Erica Wing announced that the official results of the trustee election at the library were as follows: Elizabeth Russo — 69 votes; Shannon King — 67 votes; and Tyler Rush — 66 votes.

Wing said that Russo and King won full three-year terms, beginning July 1 and running through June 30, 2022.

Rush won an unexpired term, which ends June 30, 2020, she said.

The library decided not to alter its budget levy with the election, which would have required a separate budget vote.

District voters on June 5, 2018 approved a proposition to permanently establish the facility effective Jan. 1, 2019 as a school district public library.

The 38 S. Market St. facility has been rechartered by the state as a school district public library, but hasn’t been able to touch the $396,528 levy already approved in 2018 by Greater Johnstown School District residents to be used for 2019. The library doesn’t have a federal ID number through the U.S. Internal Revenue Service that it has been waiting on since January. Because of that inaction by the federal government, the library has had to use alternative funding to meet library operational costs.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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