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UPDATE: Rochester City Council Passes Senior Center Funding

Updated: 03/18/2014 12:02 AM
Created: 03/17/2014 10:56 PM KAALtv.com
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- Late Monday night, the Rochester city council voted 6-1 to add more funding for a new joint recreation and senior center. 

The need for more money on this project had people taking sides. The city council meeting was so full, they actually had to set up extra seating on outside of the room.

The project was one of 10 approved by voters in 2012 as part of Rochester’s half cent sales tax referendum. Problem is, the project approved for $20 million, but it needs approximately $2.3 million more from the city .

The need for more money on this project has people taking sides. The city council meeting was so full, they actually had to set up extra seating on outside of the room.

The debate here was whether the city should give another $2.3 million toward a new facility. Supporters saying the old senior center is outdated. With the senior popular increasing in Rochester, many say a new community center is the only way to meet the needs of the next generation.

“We actually had all of our architects, all of our engineers come up with a proposal trying to stay within that $20 million budget and it's really not possible to give the city and the rec center and the senior center what they need,” said Rochester Senior Center CEO, Eric Tangalos.

However, there are opponents who think the city shouldn't have to fork up more money for this project.

"I don't think it's fair after we gave them $20 million that they are coming back now wanted $2.3 million without trying to raise some of that money of their own,” said Rochester resident, Cindy Maves.

According to councilman Michael Wojcik's Twitter page, the vote came "with changes". Stick with ABC 6 News as we learn more details.