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Mayor: Hallsville foregoing Christmas decorations this year

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HALLSVILLE (KYTX) - For the first time in decades, the city of Hallsville says its not putting up Christmas decorations this year.

Mayor Jerri Medrano says the city's decorations have been used for about 30 years and have become too costly to fix or replace.  She says local volunteers have raised money for alive nativity scene, but that likely won't be ready until 2014

"It brings Christmas spirit to Hallsville, to me," longtime Hallsville resident Larry Saxton said. "But if they're saying they don't have the money, I don't know how they don't have the money."

The mayor says buying new decorations would cost at least $30,000, and the city's budget is tied up in infrastructure improvements.

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