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SHIRLEY — A special town election has been called by the Board of Selectmen for Sept. 13, at the Town Offices, 7 Keady Way.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The election ballot will consist of four questions asking whether voters will approve debt and capital exclusions (increases in taxes) to purchase four items that are part of the town’s capital plan.

Voters at the June Annual Town Meeting approved the purchase of the items but the funding for the items must be approved by a majority of voters at a special proposition 2 1/2 override election.

Questions about tax effects can be addressed to Principal Assessor Rebecca Caldbeck at 978-425-2600, ext. 220 or

Questions about capital plan items, the purchase cost, and annual debt service amounts for the two debt items included on the ballot can be addressed to Town Treasurer Kevin Johnston at 978-425-2600, ext. 216 or

Questions about the budget and the reasons for the election can be addressed to the Selectmen’s office at 978-425-2600, ext. 200 or or

The voter registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 24. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for voter registration.

All requests for absentee ballots need to be in writing, in accordance with state law, and must be submitted by noon on Sept. 12.

Absentee voters have the option to vote in person at the Town Clerk’s Office or receive their absentee ballot by mail. A family member can submit a request for another family member to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Voter registration forms and absentee ballot request forms are available at the Town Clerk’s Office, Hazen Memorial Library, or by clicking the links above.

All elections are subject to the campaign finance laws of Mass. General Laws, Chapter 55. These laws apply to groups of persons pooling resources to affect the outcome of the election. They also apply to individuals, corporations and organizations spending more than $250 to influence the election outcome.

For information or assistance, please contact Shirley Town Clerk Amy McDougall at 978-425-2600, ext. 205 or

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