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Cost of Delray Beach's Christmas tree raises eyebrows

Cost of Delray Beach's Christmas tree raises eyebrows(WPEC)

Not holly nor tinsel, but a Christmas tree price tag is in the lights.

Lots of differing opinions about it in Delray Beach too.

CBS 12 is looking at both sides of this festive fiscal feud.

The facts first how much?: $800,000 dollars.

The Mayor says it's even taller than the one in Rockefeller Center in New York City.

It's artificial, but a real investment or a real waste? Depends on who you ask.

A tree grows in Delray.

Well, not grows, but assembled at 100-feet tall.

It came from a company in Oregon.

At 800 thousand bucks it has some Delray Beach folks shaking their heads, why did the city shell out that much as homeowners say their property taxes are going up.

Lyn Carroll is one of the people who question the city's judgement: "I can understand from the taxpayers point of view that's an awful lot of money to pay for a Christmas tree," Carroll said.

But Lyn's son Rob is in the pro-tree camp.

"There's a lot to be said for morale, I think it's good to have something cool that everybody can get behind," Rob said.

Delray Beach's Mayor Cary Glickstein tells CBS 12 news the old tree was rusting and was a public safety risk. He says this tree will last for 50 years or more.

Also: "This will be the fifth consecutive year of millage reduction in the city and I think it's more environmentally friendly to use this instead of cutting down a tree of this size for a couple of weeks," Glickstein said.

The tree lighting is November 30th. CBS 12's Suzanne Boyd will be on hand for the festivities.

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