Money to burn: tax payers fronting firework displays

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Fourth of July is right around the corner and that means one thing, fireworks. But who pays for the fireworks display that leaves you in awe for 15 minutes? The tax payer. And this holiday weekend, six Lowcountry cities have combined to spend just under $100,000 for their festivities.

Topping the money list is the firework display in North Charleston. The city is shelling out $35,000 for their annual Fourth Festival at Riverfront Park.

The firework display on Isle of Palms will cost just shy of $24,000.

In Summerville, $15,000 will be sent into the night sky.

Folly Beaches firework festival falls in the middle of the pack price wise at $9,000.

And to round off the list, both Goose Creek and Moncks Corner are sending roughly $5,000 up in smoke.

Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin says fireworks on Folly are a staple and its well worth the celebration even if its coming out of the taxpayers pocket.

"It's a tradition all over the country for fireworks," says Goodwin. "Spend a little bit of taxpayers money, but it's something that most of the taxpayers enjoy."

One of those tax payers is Jamie Wilson, a business owner on Folly.

"As a kid I loved fireworks," says Wilson. "If Folly wasn't going to spend the $9,000 on fire works, then they'd probably spend it on something else that maybe wasn't as family friendly. So I think I'm OK with that."

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