In response to the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership charging communities such as Irwin $100 for the licensing fee to use the name "Light Up Night" (" 'Light Up' fee dampens Irwin's Christmas spirit ," Nov. 12 and TribLIVE.com): Shame on you.
We would like to thank the anonymous business donor who paid this fee so Irwin could continue a wonderful and magical experience that has ushered in the Christmas season for thousands of people over the years. This celebration has become a tradition that four generations of our family cherish. We will be dropping off a check for an additional $100 to Irwin Borough to cover next year's cost.
As always, there is a caveat. We have vowed as a family to reduce our spending in Allegheny County by at least $2,000 this upcoming year. Avoiding Allegheny County's additional 1 percent sales tax, we will not pay $20 to that county.
If every one of the 10,000-plus households in Irwin, North Huntingdon and North Irwin vows to reduce its spending in Allegheny County by only $100, collectively we will have not spent $1 million in Allegheny County and cut its additional-sales-tax revenue by $10,000.
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership can keep its $100 and we as a community can keep $1 million in our county.
Bill & Annie Essay