If voters in the small town of Dexter, Mich., approve a 0.25-mill tax on Aug. 2, the Dexter Senior Center will be able to continue its 50-year run of providing a wide range of programs and services to the community, including exercise classes, social groups, meals on wheels, volunteer opportunities, and more.
"The vision is to have a new, expanded, welcoming, easily accessible space with programming aimed at the full spectrum of older adults and intergenerational activities," the center's board of directors said in a statement, per the Ann Arbor News.
"Often there is a stigma or fear around aging that may prevent individuals from accessing services designed for older adults only to be compounded by the inadequate space, staffing, operations, and programs."
The tax, which will be placed on the ballot as part of a larger millage measure, would pay for the center to move from its longtime home at Copeland Elementary School to a new location in the Dexter Community Schools district.
The Dexter Senior Center's board of directors said in a statement that during the pandemic in late 2020, they "realized drastic measures needed to be taken for the center to continue to support a growing aging population."
The center's operating budget is only 33% of other area senior centers.
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