POSTED: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 6:11am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 9:29pm
The Star on the Mountain will keep shining. City Council voted to take over operations of the treasured icon for the next year, but do you think it's worth the cost?
In May, the City of El Paso will take over paying for the star. They'll do it for a year, at a cost of $45,000. The El Paso Chamber of Commerce is currently responsible for cost and upkeep. But when their current agreement is up at the end of April, they're bowing out.
There's not doubt it takes takes time, effort and money to keep the star burning bright. About a year and a half ago, NewsChannel 9 took you up the mountain to see how it all works. At that time, the Chamber had decided to change light bulbs to a more efficient and durable bulb. But some wonder if even more can be done.
The City has a year to figure out if it's worth the price to keep those bulbs burning. But for now, many are happy knowing a part of their hometown is still running on full power.