Budget Cuts May Mean Less Festive Fourth Of July

Every Fourth of July for the past 10 years in London, people have gathered at College Park for a full day's worth of activities. This year, it's likely those events will be scaled down, if they are held at all.

The city of London has some tough decisions to make.

London, like the rest of Laurel County, must prioritize what to cut and what to fund. It's a decision left to the city's mayor, Troy Rudder.

One of the programs up for consideration is the city's annual $20,000 firework display, which is funded half by the city and half by the county.

According to reports, the county says it won't be providing it's usual funding due to budget constraints. That's left the city to find a solution.

Mayor Rudder says London is faced with similar budget problems and funding a firework display will likely take away from the city's charitable donations.

The city council is currently debating how to handle the situation.

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  • by KJ Location: LONDON on May 23, 2007 at 08:11 AM
    We can build these kids in london a skate park and put in high dollar swimming pools i guess having these kids a skate park is more important than our people's jobs way makes since to me.
  • by Sara Location: London on May 23, 2007 at 07:29 AM
    How about putting some of that money (4th of July and Chicken Fest) where it could really make a difference...due to lack of funding Laurel County's recycling program is getting scrapped. Where are our priorities?
  • by Concerned Location: London on May 23, 2007 at 07:16 AM
    Although the Fourth of July Celebration is a popular event in the lives of Laurel Countians, I believe the real story should be the "Financial Disarray" that Laurel County is in do to the mismanagement of county funds by the Fiscal Court. This is a very "Critial Situation" that will unjustly effect the lives of 14 to 15 (hourly paid) employees of the County with job layoffs, not to mention the lives of every Laurel Countian with possible tax increases. Too much emphasis has been place on the City of London in this story. The city only provides a portion of the funds used for the Fourth of July Celebration. The county is responsible for another portion as well as the local Chamber of Commerce. As the county goes, so does all the groups and organizations that are associated with the county. This story is just a bi-product of the real problem that needs to be investigated and reported.
  • by Londoner Location: London on May 23, 2007 at 05:14 AM
    If the city can't hold the 4th of July activities, how about Wal Mart opening up their parking lot and taking a "stab" at it. hahahahaha!
  • by london Location: don on May 23, 2007 at 04:59 AM
    the powers that be in london/laurel county have spent money like drunk sailers for years and are now setting up taxpayers for an increase just like the school board did last year.
  • by Ima Location: Nonymous on May 22, 2007 at 09:35 PM
    Yeah, that makes sense. An upper 5 figure annual income is provided to a woman who oversees main street decoration. Main street is maybe a quarter mile long. cut her useless job and have a celebration on July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and have some change left over.
  • by David Location: Laurel Co on May 22, 2007 at 05:56 PM
    I cannot believe this story. With all the taxes the county is cutting us taxpayers out of our paychecks every payday they should be no problem funding this. I got an idea! Take some money out of their overated, over budget, Chicken Festival funds!!


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