Colerain Township cancels July 4th fireworks show due to budget

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Colerain Township's  three trustees voted unanimously Monday to do away with the 2012 Rumpke Colerain 4th of July Spectacular. The event has been held in the northwest Cincinnati suburb since 1996.

"We've got a budget deficit and they didn't want to cut out all entertainment and all special events, but the fireworks were," said interim administrator, Frank Birkenhauer.

The cancellation will save the township up to $40,000 and will be used to support vital township services like police and fire.

"That's a big disappointment because I know people that come from all over to see the fireworks," said Colerain Township resident, Paula Taber.

"We really enjoy the show together so we're extremely disappointed that its not coming back this year," said Jamie Bigner, another Colerain Township resident.

The Taste of Colerain, which has been held in the township for more than 25 years, was spared and the three day food festival will still be held in August.

"We hope that this is a one year hiatus (for the fireworks show) and we get through these trying economic times and hopefully we want to bring it back," said Birkenhauer.

If a major sponsor were to step forward this year, the 2012 show may still go on. It would take an investment of at least $30,000, said Birkenhauer.

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