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Budgets Force Cities to Cut Back on Yule Decorations

Budgets Force Cities to Cut Back on Yule Decorations

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah cities and town have traditional gone to great expense when it comes to putting up holiday decorations.

But more cash-strapped cities have cut -- or are looking at cutting -- Christmas decorations from their budgets. And they are turning such efforts over to the private sector.

For instance, Salt Lake City quit supplying labor and maintenance costs for Main Street lighting displays in the mid-1990s. And instead, the duties have been taken up by the city's Redevelopment Agency, the Downtown Alliance and other private entities like The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Salt Lake City isn't alone in using private funds for displays.

In Davis County, the Kaysville-Fruit Heights Civic Committee holds a July Fourth fund-raising breakfast to pay for the annual Christmas star on the mountainside above the two cities.

Ogden relies heavily on private donations to fund its 200-thousand dollar Christmas Village display.

And in South Jordan, the city is looking to take its Christmas lighting needs to the private sector so more can be done.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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