UINTAH -- A tight city budget and an earlier-than-usual Easter date have city officials scrambling for egg money.
In 2012, the Uintah City Council cut the city's traditional Easter egg hunt -- as well as a few other city events -- from the budget to help cover the cost of providing police protection to its residents, Mayor Sue Bybee said.
The city contracts with the Weber County Sheriff's Office for police services.
In trying to save taxpayer money, Bybee said, the council turned its Easter egg hunt over to the Uintah Youth City Council. The council is now attempting to fund the event through private donations.
"We have had the Easter egg hunt for many years. We have always had it," Bybee said.
However, the work that goes into staging the egg hunt is far from easy, or cheap. The youth council group is still short about $500 of the $1,000 it needs to put on a successful event.
Nearly 200 people participate in the annual event, at which young children hunt for colored plastic Easter eggs filled with candy, Bybee said.
This year's egg hunt is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 30, at Uintah City Park, 2105 E. 6550 South.
A number of city residents have already stepped up to donate to the event, according to a Facebook post by Carolyn Laird, an adviser to the Uintah Youth City Council.
"Any donation large or small will be appreciated," Laird said. "The YCC is trying to save the long-standing tradition of the Uintah Easter egg hunt."
Over the years the city's egg hunt has gotten good participation, with many residents bringing their children, and now their grandchildren, out to the event, Bybee said.
It is because of the large number of children who participate, Bybee said, that about $1,000 in donations is needed to put on a successful event.
"None of (the donations) go to the city," she said.
"If we all give a little, along with those who have given a lot, we can reach our goal and keep the quality of hunt we are used to having for our children," Laird said on Facebook.
Donations can be made by calling 801-479-4130.