- Written by Administrator
- Published: 06 November 2013
In an effort to continue the beloved hometown tradition of the July 4th parade and celebration, Duxbury officials are supporting a request for additional funding for the annual event.
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Monday to approve a request from the Fourth of July committee for an additional $5,000. This amount will bring the total appropriation to $15,000. The money will be part of the 2014 annual town meeting warrant article that funds the events. Final approval of the extra money rests with town meet- ing voters on March 8, 2014.
Committee member Bill Kearney, who is in charge of the finances, said it will cost approximately $45,000 for the 2014 Independence Day celebration, with the bulk of this amount - $23,945 - going to pay for parade bands, marching units and entertainers.
Since 1994, residents have approved spending $10,000 for the parade and beach party, but every year the commit- tee must fundraise for the rest of the money that is needed. Kearney said donations usually total $25,000.
“Expenses have increased by 60 percent since 2005 while the town’s appropriation has stayed level at $10,000,” wrote Kearney in a July 4th Committee financial report. “Despite our efforts, donations to the Margery Parcher Fund have not increased much over the years.”
The Margery Parcher Fund is a town trust fund set up in the 1980s that receives dona- tions to support the parade.
Kearney said parade ex- penses have risen over the years because of the cost of bringing in entertainment such as non-local marching bands, which must cover their travel expenses.
Selectmen said they had no difficulty in backing the request for additional funding.
“It’s a fantastic tradition in the town that we all should support,” said Selectmen Chairman David Madigan. “I’ve always thought we were kind of cheap funding it at $10,000.”