- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The mayor of Council Bluffs says he is willing to lead a discussion on funding for new Christmas lights downtown.

Mayor Matt Walsh has been receiving complaints about the quality and quantity of the lights, many of which have burned out or stopped working in the past 15 years - the last time the downtown lights were purchased.

“We have few left,” he said. “I’m trying to figure out a way to have a discussion on whether people think it’s important and how to pay for it.”

The holiday lights were bought by businesses and residents, not the city, Walsh told the Daily Nonpareil (https://bit.ly/12i9pYT ). The decorations aren’t in the city’s general budget.

“I don’t know if it’s city government’s responsibility to buy lights,” Walsh said. “It’s not budgeted now, and it hasn’t been in the past.”

The Christmas lights are expensive because they carry several costs besides the initial purchase, including storage and labor, he said.

But Walsh noted he’s open to other ideas, especially if someone wants to donate money to pay for the lights.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com


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