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Future Of El Paso Star Up In The Air

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 7:18am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:23pm

The Star on Franklin Mountain has been shining for almost 70 years. Now it's up to City Council to keep the star lit, or let it go dark.

It costs about $50,000 to light the star year-round, and most of it isn't even for electricity. The majority of the money required to keep the star lit goes toward leasing the land.

Early this year, the high price tag forced the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce to let their lease run out. They had been covering the costs through donations.

The Chamber told city leaders that unless they committed to paying for the star, it would be turned off.

A family owns the land, and city leaders hope to strike a deal on the cost of the lease.

City Council members will meet today to discuss the issue. If they can't reach an agreement, the star will likely go dark in less than a month.

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