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Town of Castalia trims July 4th funds
Castalia commissioners met in a special called session last Tuesday to begin a lengthy discussion of budget priorities for the coming year. The focus on Tuesday was on the recreation budget, which primarily affects the income and expenditures for the annual Fourth of July celebration.

Due to the need to tighten the town’s budget as a result of lessening income projections, Mayor Ellene Leonard suggested that the town cut funding for the current year’s Fourth of July celebration and reduce future funding by half.

“The town started out giving $1500 a year to the Fourth of July celebration each year,” Leonard said at the budget meeting.  “Then a few years ago, we had to donate $3000 when the fund got into trouble and it has been kept that way in the budget ever since.”

Leonard went on to say that, due to the success of past fund raisers, she felt that the town could get by without making an annual contribution this year and could resume the original funding of $1500 for the festival in the future.

Commissioner James Alston, who serves on the Fourth of July committee, agreed with the recommendation. “I feel like we have sufficient funds in the Fourth of July fund this year and can get by without the donation this year, since the general fund is running a little low.”

The Fourth of July fund usually pays for the town’s annual fireworks display and other related expenses. This year, the town has already held one fundraiser and another one is planned for June 8 at Small Town USA in Castalia. The fundraiser will be a tribute to Elvis Presley and will be held at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $8.00 and door tickets will be $10.00. For more information, call 462-0408.

Castalia commissioners will resume their general fund and enterprise budget discussions at a special meeting to be held on June 6 at 6:30 p.m. in order to prepare the final budget for the coming fiscal year. The next regular town meeting will be held on June 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

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