30 Year Mother's Day Festival Cancelled in Archer
Mother's Day is this Sunday, but the city of Archer won't be celebrating it. The Archer Cultural Progressive Organization or ACPO doesn't have the funds and the city won't be chipping in.
Archer City Manager John Glanzer says the city is so strapped for cash, they are taking $90,000 from their reserves to meet this year's budget. So, when the ACPO asked the city for money to fund this weekend's Mother's Day festival, he couldn't supply a dime. But the lack of funding isn't the only problem. One archer resident says the holly hills neighborhood, located near this park is home to drug activity. Akil Khalfani
"The Holly Hills neighborhood for one, a lot of people consider it to be a drug area, so the festival have taken on a negative note to a lot of people," says Akil Khalfani.
Glanzer says the ACPO asked the city for about $1,200 and even considered the three day festival be reduced to just one, but the cost of security was too much. "I understand the bill for that three day security was in the neighborhood of 3,200. For the one day option, they were looking at it in the neighborhood of 1,400."
Khalfani believes, "This is something we should be planning year round you know. So, I think even though this year, we're not going to have it, next year it'll be better than ever before."
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