Why not make this a voluntary thing where people who want to chip in can?
I have no interest in fighting the masses to see the 10 or 15 minute fireworks display, but I understand there are plenty of folks who enjoy it enough to make the effort. Why not have some fund raisers and let the people who want to have it chip in? In the grand scheme of things, you aren't talking about much money, and they could probably raise more money that way than the 30 grand that they're forcing all of us to contribute to now.
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