Hazelwood cancels July 4 fireworks

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 19 at 7:21 AM

(KMOV.com) - Hazelwood City officials are cancelling this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show because of budget problems.

The city hopes to save $27,000 by cancelling the show, but it’s only a dent in the $1.4 million deficit. Over the years revenue to the city has dropped because of the closing of the Ford plant in 2006, declining property assessments and a $4 million dollar annual bill to two outside fire departments.

Currently, Florissant Valley and Robertson Fire Departments protect areas that were annexed by Hazelwood decades ago.  Yet under a state agreement, Hazelwood cannot bring in its own fire department to those areas.

In August, city leaders are hoping residents approve referendums; a new utility tax and a quarter cent sales tax.

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