ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It looks like the 65th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is on again this year in the city of Albany.
The event was approved this week, but there’s been some confusion as to whether or not the city had money to pay for it.
Last night, the Albany Common Council voted to do an emergency budget transfer of $20,000 to help pay for some of costs of the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Council members say they wanted to ease the burden of the parade organizers and didn’t want to jeopardize the yearly tradition.
However, the mayor says the parade was always on and it was built into this year’s budget. Mayor Kathy Sheehan tells us the city has been working closely with the parade committee by creating a private-public partnership to come up with fundraising. She says the city pays up to $65,000 in overtime just for the annual event.
“There’s an opportunity to raise some funds to help offsets costs so we can continue to enjoy the parade but also ease the burden on Albany taxpayers who have some of the highest property taxes in the region,” said Mayor Kathy Sheehan.
Mayor Sheehan says the parade committee set a goal to fundraise up to $20,000 for this year.