Gahanna’s Freedom Festival and fireworks appear to be the first to fizzle as a result of the failed income-tax rate proposal that was on the May 7 ballot.
Mayor Becky Stinchcomb told council members May 20 that it’s her recommendation to cancel the festival and fireworks to provide a savings of $34,121 for 2013.
Stinchcomb said the city’s needs in 2014 are estimated to exceed planned revenue by $12.9 million. She said it would be irresponsible to continue to spend money on non-essential services.
“No one wants to cancel the fireworks,” Stinchcomb said. “It’s a community-service, patriotic event we like to put on. If you want to see $20,000 go up in smoke, it’s fireworks.”
Read the full story in the May 23 edition of ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise.