March 27, 2012 > Councilmembers raise funds to save Fourth of July Celebration
Councilmembers raise funds to save Fourth of July Celebration
In just over a week of fundraising, Milpitas City Councilmembers Armando Gomez and Althea Polanski achieved their goal of raising enough funds to continue the City of Milpitas' 4th of July fireworks celebration.
The City of Milpitas currently has a $9.2 million dollar budget deficit. Recent budget actions resulted in the elimination of the City's 4th of July fireworks celebration due to the estimated $70,000 cost of the ceremony. The City's 4th of July fireworks celebration has been enjoyed each year by thousands of Milpitas residents for over 30 years.
At the March 8 City Council Meeting, Councilmembers Gomez and Polanski announced a fundraising effort to privately pay for the celebration. In just over a week of fundraising, the Councilmembers received over $30,000 in commitments to support the event with contributions still coming in. Contributors to date include Robson Homes, Preston Pipelines, Headway Technologies, Lyon Homes, and D.R. Horton. Funds contributed from these businesses combined with a prior $15,000 commitment from Allied Waste and anticipated admission revenue of $25,000 is enough to cover the cost of the event. Additional funds will be used to support the following years' event.
"I want to personally thank our business community for stepping up during these tough economic times and supporting the City of Milpitas. It's my hope that we can continue to partner with our business community to continue this event for years to come," said Councilmember Althea Polanski
At the April 3rd City Council meeting, the Milpitas City Council will take formal action to continue the event. This year's Fourth of July fireworks celebration will take place on July 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm at the Milpitas Sports Center. The event will include a live band followed by the fireworks display.
"Our budget deficit has forced us to make some difficult decisions, but I am ecstatic that we were able to think outside the box to keep this Milpitas tradition," said Councilmember Armando Gomez.