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Seniors watching closely as council tackles budget

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Updated: 9/24/2013 7:52 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Much like budgets, dominoes is about numbers. But the seniors playing at the Westside's Louis Dinah Senior Center realize their numbers game is not as vital to them as the numbers game being played in Jacksonville City Hall Tuesday night.

City Council will vote on a few dozen budget amendments.

One of them includes restoring $202,000 in funding to three senior centers run by the city.

They provide meals and activities for seniors who still live in their own homes.

Gloria Gregg runs the Louis Dinah Senior Center and fears it will shut down without the city passing an amendment.

"If we get shut down, most of the seniors would go home and just be sitting at home," said Gregg.

Busing them to one of the other 16 senior centers in the city is option.

"They could," said Gregg about seniors going to another center.  But a lot of them say they won't."

Joseph Roberts, who's made this place his second home for 14 years, says he wouldn't go as often to another center much farther from his house, but says staying at home would kill his spirit.

"It makes a big difference in our lives because everybody here is of an age that they don't want to sit at home and not have anything else to do," said Roberts.

He and his playing partners hope City Council can make budget numbers line up like dominoes for their center, so their games can continue.
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RFM2009 - 9/25/2013 6:03 AM
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If they stick it to the Senior Homeowners again..... VOTE THEM OUT!
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