I am no fan of Kingston Mayor Jim Sottile but he is correct in pulling funding for the July 4th celebration this year. I think his quote was right on, how can I justify spending 40k when I am cutting jobs?
There is nothing to celebrate when people are losing their jobs, you don't put city employees out of work because the city needs to cut back and than throw in 40k for fireworks. It does not make any sense.
I strongly support that the July 4th celebration move forward, it's an important event that generates revenue to local downtown businesses but those businesses and other member of the community need to step up and fund it.