Duanesburg voters oppose tax break for veterans

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The star spangled banner flying proudly on a sunny day

The star spangled banner flying proudly on a sunny day

By Zachary Matson

Duanesburg school district voters by a narrow margin Tuesday dealt a blow to a tax break for wartime veterans.

Voters opposed offering the Alternative Veterans Exemption — estimated to save eligible veterans between $120 and $400 — by just seven votes on a public advisory vote Tuesday evening. The final tally was 276 against the exemption to 269 for it, according to the district.

The exemption would increase taxes slightly for non-exempt district residents.

But the school board still plans to vote on a formal resolution that would adopt the exemption at next week’s board meeting, board President Dirk Felton said after Tuesday’s vote. And some veterans, who argued the wording of the ballot question and informational material was biased against the exemption, may still press the board to adopt the break.

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