Should Your Tax Dollars Go For Christmas Lights?

NEWS BALLOT

November 17, 1991

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

In Union Bridge, for example, the Town Council -- meeting in an improperly closed session -- voted to spend $7,857 to purchase and install lights; officials had budgeted $20,000. Other examples include Westminster, which is 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, Chinese New Year, etc.?

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

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