Recreation, Senior Center Funding Comes Up Short

Created: 01/29/2014 11:01 PM
By: Laura Lee

 (ABC 6 News) --  To build or not to build? That was the question Rochester City Council discussed Wednesday regarding a new joint recreation and senior center for the city.

The project was one of ten approved by voters in 2012 as part of Rochester's half-cent sales tax referendum.

The problem is, the project approve for $20 million needs approximately $2.3 million more from the city.

The senior center says its already made substantial cuts to the design.  Wednesday night city council members went back and forth about building a facility to accommodate the community and fall within budget.

"In this particular case, there are some funds available, but then we would have concerns whether if those funds are expended, what reserves would we have for other sales tax projects," City Council President Randy Staver said.

Before any plan moves forward, the city council is holding a public hearing on March 17th.  The council says it does support the project, it just needs more information.