Members of the Burlington City Council and historic groups made a plea Friday to the Assembly Tourism and Arts Committee to restore as much funding as possible in order to continue promoting the city history for tourism purposes.
The city is home to many historic homes, including ones that were occupied at one time by Benjamin Franklin and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. The famous Revell House on Wood Street, where Franklin once got gingerbread as a young man, is a popular attraction.
In recent years, funding from the state that went to Burlington City for mostly tourism and promotion has plummeted from $72,000 to about $8,000.
“We can’t do an effective job unless we have the funding,” said Councilwoman Marie Lollar.
“We desperately need more dollars,” said Jan Reed, president of the City of Burlington Historical Society.
Committee members thanked the Burlington City officials for their passionate testimony.
Jack Conners, (D-7), of Delran said while he appreciates the importance of promoting tourism, he or other committee members couldn’t guarantee any funding increases, given the state’s dire fiscal condition.