Petal Senior Center to remain open

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A proposal by Petal officials to save money by closing the city's popular Senior Center has been rejected, in favor of another one that would instead cut back on some programs and services at the Center and raise garbage fees by $1.

At a budget workshop Wednesday, the Petal Board of Aldermen agreed to keep the city's two-year-old Senior Center open, but meals and activities would be curtailed. City officials are looking at other budget-cutting measures after a drop in this year's property tax assessment values.

"The building itself will stay open," said Hal Marx, mayor of Petal. "Our employees won't lose their jobs and we're going to be looking for other sources of funding through maybe charities, church groups and some grants maybe, to pick up the slack," Marx said.

"I thank them for having it for us and supporting it this far," said Dorothy Terrell. She regularly uses the center and attended the budget workshop. "I figured they were going to cut it out completely, but thanks to the mayor and the Board of Aldermen, they didn't cut it out," said Ada V. Madison. She also takes part in activities at the center and also attended the budget workshop. "They gave us another chance for our senior center," Madison said.

The Board will have a budget hearing on Sept. 8th and is scheduled to adopt the budget on Sept. 15.

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