After going back and forth on a decision at Tuesday night’s Cache County Council meeting, it was decided that the Council would help fund Logan City’s 2013 Freedom Fire. The Council agreed to grant $20,000 to the event due to leftover amounts of RAPZ and Restaurant Tax money.
Through the review process, the firework show was not initially recommended for funding. However, Logan City’s Parks and Recreation Director Russ Akina told the Council that Freedom Fire would be prepared to cut down on the show’s production if it came to that point, but any kind of help would be appreciated.
“My purpose coming before you is to implore, to plead, beseech, to beg for you to reconsider as a Council for Freedom Fire,” Akina said.
Councilmember Kathy Robison raised the question of why the show was expanded years ago if it is still short on revenues. Akina then explained that exclusive shows attracted more people to pay for seating inside the stadium.
Councilmember Jon White admitted he had never gone in the stadium to watch the show, but he enjoyed being able to view the fireworks from nearly anywhere in the valley. “I think it’s a tremendous service to the people of Cache Valley.”
County Executive Lynn Lemon brought to the Council’s attention that there were sufficient funds leftover to help fund the show. Councilmembers agreed unanimously to grant the $20,000 to Freedom Fire.
It was also agreed unanimously to grant an additional $10,000 to the Wellsville Foundation and $9,270 to the Whittier Community Center.