For more than 30 years, Parks and Recreation crews have spent 6-8 weeks each fall installing the lights and hand-crafted panels for Christmas at the park.
This year, the city of College Station staff created a drive-thru event with free goodie bags. They created an arts and crafts bag, cookies and hot cocoa mixes, and hot chocolate bombs that cost $19,972 for only the supplies.
College Station has increased the city’s expenditures an average of 5.1% a year for the last five years, while the city’s population has only grown by 4.0%.
The giveaway’s total cost is unknown because the Parks and Recreation Department does not track the full cost of projects. “Various employees worked on this project as time allowed during the course of their workdays. The time was not tracked.”
College Station ORR for CITP expenses