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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • City adopts new firework stand fees to support community fireworks show

  • Local non-profit organizations will pay a fee of $250 for a fireworks stand.
    Retailers and other organizations will pay $1,000. Previously, there was a $500 fee for all stands.

    City officials said the fee structure encourages companies to associate with local non-profits when applying for stand permits.

    City Clerk Arnold Ehlers said 75 percent of the fees collected go to support the fireworks show.
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  • City commissioners adopted new fees for firework stands and established guaranteed support for the annual Jaycees' fireworks show.
    Local non-profit organizations will pay a fee of $250 for a fireworks stand.
    Retailers and other organizations will pay $1,000. Previously, there was a $500 fee for all stands.
    City officials said the fee structure encourages companies to associate with local non-profits  when applying for stand permits.
    City Clerk Arnold Ehlers said 75 percent of the fees collected go to support the fireworks show.
    Finance Commissioner Mark Mercer said linking the fees to the fireworks show assures there will be financial support from the city.
    “Supporting the fireworks show through sales revenue should put less burden on the taxpayer,” he said.
    The city contributed $3,000 to the fireworks show this year.Last April, Robyn Ferguson of National Fireworks asked city commissioners to permit firework sales for New Year's Eve.
    City Administrator Joe Johnson said Monday the request was denied.
    He said Nebraska City police officers have other duties on New Year's Eve beside chasing down fireworks complaints.
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