Holly Days at Keller Town Center – What a turnout! Another great program put on again this year by the City of Keller on a nice crisp chilly evening!
It was indeed a great event. Keller Parks and Rec should be patted on the back for their hard work.
And according to Shannon, it wasn’t crisp and chilly, it was downright cold. I was comfortable, but could have used a drink at Sabor’s, except we had the 9 year old and forgot her fake ID at home.
…What a turnout!
People respond to “free” entertainment at my (involuntary) expense, and this is cause for celebration?
The Chamber of Commerce needs to start funding this substantial expense.
So Jim, should the city not have any of these type of events since they cost money?
I think the money spent was well worth it, whether or not I attended. I think the events that Parks and Rec put on through the year are very well done and worth the investment by the city.
But, that is only my opinion.
…not just yours, Doug. JC, methinks you take this Libertarian thing way too far. If a majority of taxpayers want it just as much as roads and sewers, why shouldn’t the city should spring?
Well worth my investment even during these troubles economic times — brings the community together, adds some color and life to “downtown”, entertains the kids, even puts some smiles on all the grouchy adults.
That’s where we’ll just never agree, Mike. I just don’t think it’s a proper function of government to “bring the community together.”
Look, I realize that the people of Keller, especially the ones who vote, would overwhelmingly approve of city-funded Christmas decorations. But I think the vote would be a heck of a lot closer if they knew how much it actually costs. Remember the discovery that it costs $150,000 to maintain the grounds around Town Center?
But what really galls me is that significant expenses like this, once approved, never get discussed again. Even if this expense was specifically approved by the city council at the time, there are NO remaining members from that time. I think marginal expenses like these should be reconsidered every single year. (This is the idea behind zero-based budgeting.)
Many of you get profoundly annoyed at me for questioning government funding of park-related functions because, to you, these things have always been funded by government and simply would not exist without it. I can assure you that that is not the case in many parts of the country. I grew up in a town where the Chamber of Commerce did ALL the Christmas decoration. I learned to play football and baseball on fields that were owned and maintained by the Youth Association.
It is a central principle of freedom that if something CAN be funded voluntarily, it should be.
Jim, I agree and disagree with you, if that’s possible. The world is filled with great examples of public AND private partnerships. Take an extreme one way or the other and we’re left with socialists (fear) or corporate-oligarchs (greed) telling us what to do. I was fortunate enough to grow up in an area where my local, regional and national government in conjunction with private industry provided parks, museums, hospitals, transportation and so on. The very nature of the free market capitalist beast means that mortals of lesser means will suffer. And while it’s human nature to be selfish or greedy or fearful, it’s also human nature to offer help and compassion. I think the freedom of which you speak is a worthy goal, but an illusion.
This “substantial” expense for Holly Days, as well as all other citywide special events, are implemented through sponsorships, business donations, water bill donations, vendors and volunteers.
The only costs that are covered by General Fund (tax dollars) are the wages for hourly staff.
Big Bob … I thought something like that was the case from years ago, but was not sure if something had changed. Several years ago (the last time I had any details of these things), there was very minimal costs covered by the general fund. I am sure if that has changed, Jim C will let us know.
It’s awfully quiet around here lately, so I thought I would take the opportunity to wish everyone a happy winter solstice.