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Mayor Berke cuts city's holiday party budget by two-thirds

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The City of Chattanooga has decided to change its employee holiday party and will "scale it down" from the previous administration, according to Mayor Andy Berke's office.

Mayor Ron Littlefield spent $30,000 on last year's party and Mayor Berke plans to reduce the cost by two-thirds and spend about $10,000, according to spokeswoman Lacie Stone.

When Channel 3 first asked Stone about the party she responded,"We are scaling down the holiday party from what the previous administration did but it will be a memorable event for employees to spend time together before the holidays as well as do something good for others."

The 2013 Employee Holiday Party will be Monday during business hours at the Bessie Smith Hall. The invitation encourages city employees to not miss "great food and drinks" from local businesses: Aji Peruvian Restaurant, Dipped Fresh, Julie Darling Donuts, Lemont's Catering, Moss Place II, and Niedlov's Breadworks.   

Stone added, "With this new holiday tradition, with food from local restaurants and a food drive, we believe our city employees will have a great celebration and enjoy the event very much."

A door prize giveaway is a popular tradition at many holiday parties. Mayor Berke will ask employees to bring a canned food item to be entered for door prizes. Most door prizes are to local businesses and attractions, according to the invitation. Employees receive one entry for each canned food item.

"We believe there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by giving back to the community," said Stone.

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