SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The City of Syracuse announced on Wednesday that it will be using an artificial tree in Clinton Square starting this year instead of a live one.
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs say that while the one-time cost of the four-story tree, with thousands of LED lights, will be $50,000, taxpayers will save $37,000 each year in labor and overtime costs. It is estimated that over a ten-year period, nearly $400,000 will be saved.
In a press release, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, “It’s the right decision on many levels. First, it’s a big tree with beautiful lighting. It will stand tall next to the Clinton Square rink surrounded by our city’s great architecture. Importantly, it will also put our city resources to better use. Instead of deploying a team of city electricians for three weeks to string lights up and down the tree, this tree will go up in less than a week, with no overtime costs. Other city work will no longer go on hold while the tree goes up.”
The city pointed out that in recent years, finding a suitable live Christmas tree has become more difficult.
The new artificial tree is expected to arrive later this summer and installation of the tree in Clinton Square will happen in mid-November.
The annual tree lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, November 29th.
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