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Irwin’s revenge? |

Irwin’s revenge?

| Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:00 a.m

In response to the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership charging communities such as Irwin $100 for the licensing fee to use the name “Light Up Night” (” ‘Light Up’ fee dampens Irwin’s Christmas spirit ,” Nov. 12 and Shame on you.

We would like to thank the anonymous business donor who paid this fee so Irwin could continue a wonderful and magical experience that has ushered in the Christmas season for thousands of people over the years. This celebration has become a tradition that four generations of our family cherish. We will be dropping off a check for an additional $100 to Irwin Borough to cover next year’s cost.

As always, there is a caveat. We have vowed as a family to reduce our spending in Allegheny County by at least $2,000 this upcoming year. Avoiding Allegheny County’s additional 1 percent sales tax, we will not pay $20 to that county.

If every one of the 10,000-plus households in Irwin, North Huntingdon and North Irwin vows to reduce its spending in Allegheny County by only $100, collectively we will have not spent $1 million in Allegheny County and cut its additional-sales-tax revenue by $10,000.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership can keep its $100 and we as a community can keep $1 million in our county.

Merry Christmas.

Bill & Annie Essay

North Huntingdon

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