City to help light Square

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The Cov­ing­ton city coun­cil voted to bud­get $20,000 for Christ­mas lights

The city of Cov­ing­ton will take $20,000 from its gen­eral fund in the 2015-16 fis­cal year bud­get and help fund the Christ­mas lights on the Square this year.

It is the third and fi­nal year of a con­tract the city be­gan in part­ner­ship with the Cham­ber of Com­merce. In the first year, Cov­ing­ton and Main Street split the to­tal cost of $40,000, then in 2014, the Main Street pro­gram paid the en­tirety of the $40,000 Christ­mas light project.

This year the Main Street pro­gram, now un­der the um­brella of the Cham­ber of Com­merce didn’t have the funds for the $40,000. Cham­ber pres­i­dent Ralph Staffins re­quested that the city cut the lights pro­gram to ac­com­mo­date the $20,000 bud­get, or put up the ad­di­tional $20,000 it­self.

“They asked the city be­cause it is such a big event and be­cause we have sup­ported this,” Cov­ing­ton City Manager Leigh Anne Knight said.

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil reached a con­sen­sus dur­ing its city coun­cil meet­ing Mon­day to al­lot the $20,000 in the 2015-16 fis­cal year into its bud­get, cur­rently be­ing worked on. Cov­ing­ton Mayor Ron­nie John­ston said the coun­cil will then look at pos­si­bil­i­ties for the new con­tract be­gin­ning in 2016.

“The di­rec­tive from this coun­cil to Main Street is that we’re go­ing to con­tinue to move for­ward with hav­ing a great Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion event.”

Dar­rell Everidge / The Cov­ing­ton News

Cov­ing­ton will use $20,000 from the gen­eral fund for Christ­mas lights on the Square.

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