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Texas city seeks flower donations

by webdev

December 14, 2010

Corporate and private donors in Austin, Texas, are making it clear that they don't want to see the town flowerless come the spring.

Each year for the past 17 years, the city is adorned with hundreds of fresh flowers hanging in baskets and planted in pots and flower beds beginning in the spring.

However, budget cuts have threatened this colorful floral tradition, according to the Austin Post-Bulletin.

The city has had to pare down its contribution to keep the flower program operating. It will only contribute $10,000 to the total cost of $40,000 for the 2011 displays.

The city's flower committee has already received a $10,000 donation from Hormel Foods as well as a $5,000 donation from two local residents. They have an additional $15,000 left to raise in order to keep the city in bloom this spring and summer.

"We're really lucky," former mayor and member of the flower committee, Bonnie Rietz told the newspaper. "The community has been very supportive of it."

The city and the flower committee are asking individuals to make a tax-deductible donation to the flower fund. A single pot costs about $100, but donors can give as much or as little as they choose, according to the Austin Daily Herald.


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