VILLAGE of ALBION, NY-- Village of Albion leaders say they want a fireworks show to celebrate the nation's birthday, but they simply cannot afford to pick up the tab for all the fireworks and entertainment.
Village Trustee Eileen Banker says it wouldn't be fiscally responsible for the board to pay the $10,000 for the fireworks show with the possibility of lay-offs of Village employees in the near future.
For the first time in three years, the Village of Albion will not put on their own fireworks display this July.
Banker tells 2 On Your Side in this fiscal year the Village has lots of expenses and very little revenue coming in.
She says it was a very difficult decision made by the board, and the board certainly could not justify spending that kind of money.
Meanwhile, the village's Recreational Director John Grillo is part of a team trying to raise the much needed cash so that the show will go on. Grillo says about $7,000 has been promised by residents in this fund raising drive so far.
"We're calling people up, emailing, and making contacts and then at this point we have letters that we're gonna send out to businesses," said Grillo. "Business people, the community people and a lot of store fronts, and we're gonna go personally and hand them the paper and talk to them and see what they can do."
Most village leaders are also throwing in their support.
"Some of us on the board are also going to be giving checks to him. I know Trustee Sheean is donating his, some money towards it. I'm gonna be writing a check towards it," Banker added.
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