Meriden council rejects $25M in bonding for new senior center, health department

The City Council voted 8-4 to reject a proposal Monday to add $25 million to the city’s capital improvement plan to fund a new senior center and health department. The ultimate rejection of the proposed senior center and health department funding followed an hour-long debate over the city’s debt load and whether the $25 million would increase or decrease the city’s ability to secure grants to cover the price tag of the finished project. The proposal had the strong backing of unaffiliated Mayor Kevin Scarpati, who drew a comparison to the recently completed library renovation project which began with $10 million in bonding and ended with a $13 million project. The senior center project is estimated to cost $44 million to $48 million but councilors want to see lower-cost options.

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