AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – Voters cast their ballots in favor of Special Five Mill Tax referendum in Auburn, approving the spending of nearly $4 million already collected by the city.
Voters News Leader 9 spoke with at the polls Tuesday overwhelmingly support the referendum believing a new $3.2 million senior citizen center will not only enhance the lives of seniors and retirees in Auburn, but it could also extend their lives by providing physical education classes and a way to socialize and meet new friends.
Auburn resident Emily Kling says, "I think for seniors in general they will appreciate having a place they know they can congregate and go see friends, sometime seniors are isolated and how they have a place they can go to, and I think for our seniors it would be very beneficial."
Some of the money will also go to construction on the new 8,500 square foot senior center at the Frank Brown Recreation facility can begin this summer.
The project also includes adding nearly 8,000 square feet to Frank Brown, with new racquetball courts, fitness and activity rooms.
The referendum will also pave the way for an additional 50 new parking spaces in downtown Auburn that will cost around $750,000.
Only 13 percent of voters said no to the tax referendum.