The Chamber of Commerce wants the city to pick up some of the cost of city beautification that has been funded by the Chamber.
The Chamber of Commerce wants the city to pick up some of the cost of city beautification, such as colorful banners on Commercial Ave., that has been funded by the Chamber.
To that end, Chamber Executive Director Mitch Everton on Monday sent a letter to City Council members, asking them to fund at least part of city beautification projects next year. This effort is timed to coincide with the city’s budget planning, now under way for next year.
Everton’s letter outlined the $21,150 cost the Chamber estimates for next year for projects which the Chamber has funded in past years. In a separate email to Chamber member, he said “it is doubtful that the Chamber will be able to continue to afford to cover all of the civic beautification elements that we have in the past.”
The letter specifically mentions:
- 105 Hanging flower baskets ($7,000)
- Uptown banners ($8,000)
- Holiday white lights ($5,500)
- 35th Street Park maintenance ($650)
The letter to the Council said “While civic beautification efforts undoubtedly benefit member businesses, it is our view that such efforts should be the financial responsibility of the City, not the Chamber.“
In the email to Chamber members, Everton said “Throughout the state, beautification programs are a civic expense--it's what cities do (and in fact visitors to Anacortes generally assume that the beautification projects they experience are provided by the city). “
The email urges Chamber members to contact the Mayor and City Council members.