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Dunkirk residents to vote on establishing library tax

DUNKIRK – The Dunkirk Board of Education Thursday voted to take the issue of funding the public library off this month’s ballot.

The school had planned to have a separate proposition on the May 19 ballot that would permit a special tax to be collected to support the Dunkirk Free Library. The board had been petitioned by the library’s board to take the action, which would have called for a levy of $350,000 to be billed to property owners with the school tax bill.  

Instead, the board voted unanimously to put the issue before voters in a special election on June 23 with voting from noon to 9 p.m. at the library. 

The election, which will be open to all residents of the district, will ask voters to decide on the annual budget of $350,000 and for the library to have a board of five trustees who are elected.

The election of trustees, for three-year terms, also will be on the June 23 ballot. 

Anyone interested in being a trustee will have until May 26 to file a petition to have their name on the ballot.  Twenty-five names of qualified voters are required for the form, which must be filed in the office of the clerk of the district.

The school district also will accept applications for absentee ballots for voters who cannot vote on June 23.