ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Aberdeen residents head to the polls on Tuesday for a special election to decide on a bond financing proposal for the construction of a new public library.

The Aberdeen American News reports that the City Council adopted the bond financing ordinance Sept. 28. According to the plan, the Alexander Mitchell Public Library Foundation will pay for $1.5 million in bonds and the city will finance $6.2 million over the course of 20 years.

Foundation President Troy McQuillen says a new library is important for continuing to grow the Aberdeen community.

Opponents of the library's funding put together a successful petition drive to refer the matter to voters.

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