Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997

Several members of the Chautauqua County Legislature are refusing to embrace a reduction or total elimination of sales tax on clothing, a measure ardently supported by consumers and store owners. Joseph Trusso (D-Jamestown) told members of the finance committee that he could not support a motion that would cost the county and its local municipalities an estimated total of $1.9 million in revenue unless the funding was compensated for somewhere else in the county budget. According to estimates, the city of Dunkirk would face about a $96,000 annual disparity in sales tax revenue while the village of Fredonia would need to compensate more than $55,170 in its yearly budget.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Although no property taxes are being paid on the former Doughty Street Extension in Dunkirk, provisions will be made in an agreement now being drawn up that will require the Dunkirk Ice Cream Co. to make payments in lieu of taxes on the land. That was the report recently from David Dawson, executive director of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. Mr. Dawson also reported that unless land is found this year for a replacement road for the extension, he is concerned that state funds for the construction of the road may be lost.

Forty years ago — 1977

Dr. Steven G. Stratton, a recent graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Dentistry, has opened an office in the Medical Arts Building, 193 East Main St., Westfield. A 1971 alumnus of Fredonia State University College, Dr. Stratton received his DDS degree in December 1976.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Sled dog races sponsored by the Arctic Sled Dog Club of Ontario, Canada, were held recently with the start and finish of the races off Hunt Road in Cherry Creek. The course covered Pickup and Bentley Hill roads. An open house also was held at the Grange Hall in Cherry Creek.

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