Should Your Tax Dollars Go For Christmas Lights?

November 03, 1991

Red-and-white lanterns will brighten many Main Streets in many Carroll County communities this holiday season. And most of the time, taxpayers are footing the bill.

In Union Bridge, for example, the TownCouncil -- meeting in an illegally closed session -- voted to spend $7,857 to purchase and install lights; officials had budgeted $20,000. Other examples include Westminster spending $3,200 and Taneytown, $2,899. Electricity costs are additional.

The American Civil Liberties Union says towns should not spend money celebrating a religious holiday.

Do you want your tax dollars spent on Christmas lights? Why or why not? If tax dollars are spent for Christmas lights, should towns put up decorations for Hanukkah, the Chinese New Year, etc. What do you think?

Mail your comments (you may use additional sheets of paper) to: News ballot, Carroll CountySun, 15 E. Main St., Westminster, 21157-5052; or fax it to us at 876-0233.

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