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Vote expected senior center bond issue

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (FOX13) -

It's been voted on twice, shot down twice, and it's going to come up for a third time Wednesday evening at  the Southaven Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting.

Some say in Southaven stalled plans to begin building a new senior center is the very reason Mayor Greg Davis is running for a fifth term.

Mayor Davis said the money is there, and if the city issues $6.5 million worth in bonds now, the senior center would be constructed at a lower rate and save the city money.

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Several aldermen disagree and say the funding source may not be there and the city needs to wait.

"Yes, that's what they said, they are going to bring it up at every meeting, so that's really what they expect to do," said Alderman Ronnie Hale.

"Alderman (Dr. Randy) Huling said it would be brought up every board meeting," Mayor Davis said. "Now, Alderman Hale asked that it be taken off the agenda. However agendas are not required by state law, even if we took it off the agenda."

The issue does not seem to be whether or not the senior center should be built.

"That's never been the issue," Alderman Hale said. "We all want the senior center built. We are still working on moving forward to make that happen. It is just a disagreement on finding the funding source."
"I don't know what the hold up is," Mayor Davis responded. "I mean, we have proven a million times to one that this project can be funded. Our financial advisor has said it can be funded."
At issue seems to be money coming from the penny for your parks tax.

"It was a promise when we put the tax on there that were going to develop the projects we have a way to fund the projects," the mayor said.

"Well the problem is the penny for your parks has a repealer on it, that it is going away in 2014, unless they extend it, but they won't even look at it until next year," Alderman Hale said.

While the penny for your parks tax is up in the air and a solution for actually building the senior center has yet to be found, the question remains, how many more times will a vote on the senior center come up in Southaven Board of Alderman meetings?
"Well we've got some that are going to come up in the next 10 or 12 months that are going to free up some moneys," Alderman Hale said.
"If they don't want to do it, I think if four people, four alderman, stand up and say we are not voting for the senior adult building till next year, no matter what," Mayor Davis said. "I wouldn't see any sense in bring it back up in another meeting."

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