California City will not host a fireworks display for this year’s Fourth of July celebrations due to its budget shortfall, according to officials.
The city has been facing a budget deficit since voters refused to renew a parcel tax that had been keeping city services afloat since the 1970s.
Formerly operating on a budget of about $11.7 million, the city will be forced to operate on approximately $4.5 million, if it fails to pass the parcel tax renewal a third time, as part of a special election scheduled for July 31.
The city has seen significant cuts to its public safety services, relying on volunteer police forces and the fire department, at one point, having to borrow an engine from Edwards Air Force Base because the only two it owned were both out of service.
In response to potential animal control issues due to fireworks, animal shelter volunteers will be working throughout Thursday to “reunite lost pets with their owners,” officials said.