Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Firefell?

Didn't we read somewhere that "The Parks" had suggested that Firefall might be curtailed or not held because of the budget crisis?

I may be an old fashioned American, but I always sorta thought a 4th of July celebration actually ought to be held on the 4th of July, like the celebration that big church puts on over at Springfield Underground. Mike Brother's of the City's Public Information Office left this comment: "Jim - the discussion about Firefall was always referring to the 2009 event. This year's event is in the 07-08 budget." Thanks for clarifying that point, Mike. Here is the quote on which I based my question:

Parks Director Jodie Adams finished responding to questions about the program reductions likely under a proposed decrease of $934,000 from the General Fund to the Parks system. This would be 50 percent of the remaining General Fund annual transfer to Parks, and represent about a 9 percent decrease for the overall Parks budget. She said Parks has been absorbing more expense from the General Fund each year with the idea of eventually reducing the transfer completely. But the Department can’t absorb nearly $1 million in a single budget year without cutting back programs included in the original City Parks system, such as pools, recreation, the Zoo and Firefall, she said.

3 comments:

Mike Brothers said...

Jim - the discussion about Firefall was always referring to the 2009 event. This year's event is in the 07-08 budget.

Complaint Department Manager said...

There's just something about that use of the flag with that group...

john lee said...

Hey bus:

Why doesn't the Queen City get the local cable company to underwrite Firefall? It could be a foregone conclusion before it ever gets to Council. Just a thought from down south.