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CROSSVILLE (WATE) - The future of the Fourth of July fireworks in Crossville is uncertain. Budget problems may force city leaders to cut the funding for the annual tradition.
For many towns, fireworks are tradition for the Fourth of July, Crossville is no exception.
"It's just a lot of fun to get out and celebrate the holiday together with your community and your family," said Keena Inman, who lives in Crossville.
The city has been putting on a display for years at Crossville's Centennial Park.
"It's a good show. They have a good show. They put a lot of money and time into it," said Matt Stover, who has seen the show before.
The display has a $30,000 price tag and with the city council raising concerns about the budget and possible cuts, the fireworks may have to go.
"To see $30,000 blown up in 23 minutes or so, we believe that might be the thing for us to do right now," said Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham.
Mayor Graham says the burden of paying the bills is tough, and the city has other important things to worry about.
"We want to pay closer attention to roads, water, sewer, fire and police protection. Those are the fundamental infrastructure goals of any city. When you look at some of the recreational things and the nice things we get to do, sometimes they become discretionary as to what we need to do," Graham explained.
Folks in the community say they hope the show continues.
"I know there's going to be a lot of people disappointed if they're not continued in the years to come. I'd hate for the kids to not have that opportunity to enjoy the community together," Inman said.
But many understand the city's need to tighten its belt.
"I can understand on the point of the money. You have to look at both sides of it," said Stover.
City Council will make the final vote on the budget the morning of June 29. That is when Crossville will know the fate of its fireworks.
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