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Chapel Hill cuts fireworks from budget

Posted June 14, 2011

The budget passed by the Chapel Hill Town Council Monday held taxes steady but included a key cut. The $37,100 allotted for the town's Fourth of July fireworks celebration was eliminated. 

Overall, the town cut expenses by four percent. 

The other large cut to a quality-of-life program was the elimination of $76,844 for a program for first-time drug offenders.

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  • mpheels Jun 15, 2011

    Eh. The fireworks were never that good the few times I went. If I'm going to fight traffic, parking, crowds and heat to see fireworks, I'd rather drive to Raleigh for the bigger display anyway. If it's a choice between spending $37K essential services vs. fireworks (or raising taxes to have both), fireworks lose. Still, I won't be surprised if a few business step up to fund it.

    I do think the town should charge a nominal fee for Halloween - set it up like First Night in Raleigh and other cities. Sell admission buttons or wristbands at local grocery stores ($2 for county residents, $5 for out-of-town), and stop sales on Oct 30. It would solve a lot of the money problems with the event, and would somewhat limit attendance.

  • thefensk Jun 14, 2011

    I was thinking they could charge everyone entering the Franklin Street zone on Halloween and after a big UNC win a $5 cover charge and make it up that way.

  • anonemoose Jun 14, 2011

    It's okay, they will have the biggest one ever in 2012 using the fines from the cell phone use citations.