After 20 years of discussions, and at least four potential locations, Dedham residents soundly rejected a proposal Saturday to fund an $8.65 million senior center.
It's the first failed debt exclusion override in at least 12 years, said Town Clerk Paul Munchbach. The 1,928 to 1,572 vote drew 22.1 percent of the town's registered voters.
Approval of the facility planned for Bridge Street would have raised the average tax bill by $61 a year. Dedham's Council on Aging will continue to offer programs and services in rented space in Traditions of Dedham, a senior housing complex on Washington Street, said Selectman Chairman James MacDonald.