The community celebrates the first menorah lighting in downtown Buda for Hanukkah

BUDA, Texas (KXAN) – Community members in Buda are celebrating the start of Hanukkah with the city’s first menorah lighting.

In October, the city allowed a space for the menorah in the center, but it would not fund the menorah as it does for other holiday decorations.

Since then, community organizers have been able to raise the money. Now a 9 foot high menorah is on display.

City of Buda Parks and Recreation Director Greg Olmer said in October that “legal implications” and “separation of church and state” would not allow the city to fund the menorah.

The city of Buda says menorah exhibits in other surrounding communities do not use taxpayers and are instead funded through separate community groups, which is true in Austin and San Marcos.

According to the city of Buda, it spends on average about $ 134,500 on holiday decoration costs, including a tree with candles that is considered more secular than religious. Part of these costs include generators for electricity and labor to set everything up.

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