That letter has stirred up a lot of discussion, York city's director of public works said on Wednesday, and that's the first step.
Earlier this week Jim Gross submitted a letter to the editor to the York Daily Record, calling on local nonprofits to help organize and raise funding for special events held in the city.
"I truly believe there is a systemic problem with the way we fund our special events in the City of York," he said in the letter.
Gross said the city must contend with other organizers who fund local events such as the Halloween and St. Patrick's Day parades, causing competition where there should be cooperation.
Gross suggests having one centralized organization do all the fundraising, estimating that between $200,000 and $250,000 would be needed.
Gross said he wrote the letter after word that the annual New Year's event in the city was canceled. City officials announced earlier this month that the First Night celebration has been called off due to lack of donated funds.
"A lot of people have said they're concerned about that," Gross said. "But it takes funds to run these events. They don't just happen."
And there's confusion over who pays for special events in York, Gross said.
The York YWCA has funded the Halloween parade for about six years, until earlier this year when it announced that it will no longer organize the event.
York's Light Up Night holiday event also faced elimination until Bob Kinsley of Kinsley Construction covered costs for this year's event, which will be held Dec. 7.
York hosts many events, with many different sponsors and contributors, Gross said. The city has helped organize those gatherings, but will not subsidize events that draw people from across the county, he said.
"There's not any question the city is not in a position to fund these events with tax dollars," he said. "And I don't think it's fair to put special events on the backs of city taxpayers."
Gross suggests in his letter that a local organization such as the Cultural Alliance or United Way could act as a hub for event fundraising. Officials from both organizations said on Wednesday that's not likely.
"It's not within our mission to fund special events," said Cultural Alliance of York County President Joanne Riley. "There's no interest."
Still, Gross said the increase in dialogue makes him optimistic.
"I certainly am hopeful," he said. "There are a lot of good people in this community, and I think if everybody gets together, there's certainly a solution."
For the full text of Jim Gross' letter to the editor, visit http://www.ydr.com/letters/ci_22074110/could-cultural-alliance-or-united-way-fund-city.