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Aldermen, mayor debate senior center funding

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (FOX13) -

Funding for the Southaven Senior Center through the sale of $6 million in bonds has been voted down three times in the last month and a half.

That didn't stop the issue from coming up again at a special meeting at Southaven City Hall.

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Mayor Greg Davis said there is no better time than now to move on the construction of the city's senior center and other projects including many in the parks department.  

"The interest rates are lower and that's what they are using in the numbers," he said. "They could go up. I don't think they will go back down. We have already heard from our financial advisor, and he says geo bonds is the way to go because of our high financial standing, and bond rating that we got."

But quite a few of the aldermen say the city needs to wait and be careful in the funding for it and some of the city's other projects.

Alderman Ronnie Hale says not so fast.
"Right now we know that we have some monies available, but we just really have to come to an agreement on what's the best way to spend that money and right now we are still a bit off," he said.

Mayor Davis says he doesn't understand what the hold up is on the senior center and some of the other projects in the city.

"We have given every alternative we could to fund this project," the mayor said. "If they don't want to do it, they don't want to do it, and they can let the voters get a chance to see how they stand in may with them. We have to remember that we are making decisions based on today what we say we are going to do. But it impacts everyone down the road. So we have got to make sure we are doing the right things with them now."

Many aldermen have expressed in the past, they are concerned the pennies for your parks tax would go away, because of a repealer on it, and that would cause the city to lose its way of paying for the senior center.

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