North Las Vegas Independence Day Jubilee goes on despite budget cuts
While North Las Vegas has had to make some big cuts to balance its budget, officials didn't want to sacrifice the city's annual Independence Day Jubilee. Video by ktnv.comvideo
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- While North Las Vegas has had to make some big cuts to balance its budget, officials didn't want to sacrifice the city's annual Independence Day Jubilee. The event Tuesday night featured live music, games for kids, food and fireworks.
But a lot of residents question how much it cost and who paid for it.
"How does North Las Vegas afford something like this, if they haven't got any money? asks James Menah. "They're closing jails and laying off city workers, but yet they can afford something like this? To me, it doesn't make sense."
According to city leaders, the total cost of the Independence Day Jubilee is about $115,000. Most of which will be paid for by sponsors, vendors, and ticket sales. This year, admission is $4, the most it's ever been. Last year it cost $2 at the door. Before that, the event was always free.
When it's all said and done, the city is expecting to pay less than $20,000 with money from its special events fund.
"I think it's a great event and all, but I think they need to look at how they're allocating their money," says Mike Hegyi.
Still, many residents are happy North Las Vegas made sure not to cut the event.
"It shows that even with budget cuts, people are still coming out, and supporting our community," says Denielle Golston. "I think it's great. We're able to come together despite the tough times."