Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center Improvements

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s legislative delegation — Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, Representative David Robertson, and Representative Ken Gordon — succeeded in securing $30,000 in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget for necessary repairs and renovations at Wilmington’s Buzzell Senior Center.

“Every time I have come through the doors of the Buzzell Center, I’ve found it to be a welcoming and vital place full of active and engaged citizens, volunteers and supportive staff – what they do here makes this place worth fighting for,” said State Senator Tarr (R-Gloucester). “Terri Marciello and her team do a wonderful job and I want to help them continue doing what they do best.”

“It was a pleasure working with Senator Tarr on behalf of Wilmington. The Senate and the House have shown an investment in public education by increasing state aid to our schools, which also helps slow the rate of growth of our property taxes, as well as increased the funding for roads and bridges. I especially enjoyed working to help secure funding for improvements to the Buzzell Senior Center kitchen and other facilities, which is not just a special place for our seniors, but the entire town,” said State Representative Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury). “It’s always been a well-used facility and these improvements will go a long way.”

The center, located across from the Wilmington High School at 15 School Street, was the subject of two state budget amendments.

“Senior centers are critical to communities and to be able to help a facility like the one in Wilmington receive funding is something I am proud of,” said State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford). “I am delighted the Commonwealth has chosen to support the Wilmington Senior Center.”

“How extremely fortnuate that we have the support of Sen. Bruce Tarr and Rep. Robertson to offer these amendments to help us with our work,” said Terri Marciello, Director of Elderly Services. “They know how important our senior center is to the community and they have supported Wilmington’s seniors in many forms.”

Representative Robertson filed, with the support of Representative Gordon, budget language that would provide $20,000 for the center. The appropriate request was adopted by the House in May.

Senator Tarr authored an amendment, which gained popular support in the Senate, to raise the funding level for the Wilmington center to $30,000. The Tarr amendment was adopted.

Tarr, as Senate Minority Leader, selected one of six committee members who worked to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the $43.1 billion budget. They reached consensus recently on a compromise spending plan for the new fiscal year that began on July 1.

Tarr, Robertson and Gordon wrote to the conferees in June urging the panel to include in the final Conference Committee report the Senate’s higher amount.

Governor Baker has until August 2 to approve or disapprove of the contents of the $43.1 billion budget proposal, which was approved by both legislative branches by a near unanimous vote on July 22.

(NOTE: The above press release is from State Senator Bruce Tarr’s office.)

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