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Funding for Fireworks

Cities across the nation are getting less bang because of their lack of bucks this fourth of July.

"Unfortunately all the cities are struggling, and as mayors, we're all looking for places to save money." Mayor Mike Schmitz

On occasions like the fourth of july coming up this weekend...fireworks are the standard way of celebrating, but some cities are foregoing the big show to save money.

"In rough economic times, you have to make cuts, between losing a police officer or having a fireworks display, I mean certainly I understand public safety over patriotism."

Putting on a show would require more resources and funding than many cities have to offer.

"It's a huge undertaking; it takes quite a bit of man-power to put it on and to do all of the events at the festival. The fireworks display itself is just a phenomenal undertaking." Kerry Farrell

"Probably, about 500-600 man hours, from planning it, all the way through the day.” Kerry Farrell

The city of Dothan has help in the form of the family fourth celebration, put on by the Kiwanis club. The club foots the cost of the fireworks show, allowing the city...use those funds for other city services like police and fire department salaries.

"We're already struggling financially, so I’m proud that Kiwanis has stepped up, and doing a great community event, and i appreciate their hard work." Mike Schmitz>

The cost of the show was 15 thousand dollars, and the Kiwanis club contracted out the Pyrotechnico Company out of Montgomery.

All proceeds from the festival will go towards children's charities in Houston County.


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