Glendale could find itself off the Rose Parade route if the City Council goes through with ceasing its $130,000 commitment to build the annual float — ending the city’s status as the second-longest-running entrant.
The potential funding cut comes against the backdrop of an $18-million budget gap at City Hall, making a six-figure subsidy for a float in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena a tougher sell.
“It’s a great thing, and the community does take pride in it. But at this time, we are talking about cutting programs for children in the parks. I think it’s a luxury,” Mayor Laura Friedman said at a recent budget meeting.
Without the city subsidy, there’s little chance funding will be cobbled together in time for the 2012 float.
Typically, the Glendale Rose Float Assn. is asked to raise $50,000 to pay back to the city, reducing the size of the subsidy to $80,000. This year, officials would want the association to also take over the $30,000 worth of city staff time spent overseeing the float project.