While they ultimately decided against it, city officials considered asking for private donations to help save this year's Fourth of July fireworks show.  


 

 

While they ultimately decided against it, city officials considered asking for private donations to help save this year's Fourth of July fireworks show.  
 

"We talked about going to larger companies and asking for donations," said Jeff Wilbert, interim parks director. "But the reality is, these companies are laying off people and making cutbacks. It just didn't seem like it was fair to go out into the community and to local businesses and ask for donations when everybody, at this time, is kind of hurting for the dollar."
 

John Van Gorden, interim city manager, said he also believed it unfair to ask others for money during this uncertain economic climate.
 

"With times being tough, it's very difficult to knock on doors and ask people to contribute money," he said. 
 

That is not to say, however, that the city would not consider accepting donations to fund the fireworks show.
 

"If there was an outpour of funds from people who wanted to donate to the fireworks, I'm sure we would consider that," Wilbert said.
 

However, there is some concern among city officials that if donations are received, they still might not equal enough to fund the display.
 

"We would need to raise between $15,000 and $17,000 to have the show," Wilbert said. "So let's say a bank opened up an account for a fireworks fund, but only $500 was raised, we're now left with $500 that we're not sure what to do with."
 

Van Gorden said he supports funding the show with private donations, but only if enough is raised to conduct a quality show.
 

"if you only get half the money, you only do half the show you did before," he said. "To me, it would be better to let it go this year and hopefully we can do it again this year."
 

Mayor Pam Henderson also said she is supportive of donations or sponsorships, but isn't optimistic because of the economy.
 

"I would love for it to happen, but I don't know if anyone has any extra money laying around," she said.