The cost to maintain the borough's annual fireworks display, which originally had been removed from the manager's budget, was successfully reinstated Tuesday after an accounting error that freed up additional cash was discovered during the council's budget meeting.
As the council was discussing plans to solicit private donations to maintain the display in spite of the cut, chief financial officer Karen Palermo alerted the borough manager that approximately $25,000 worth of over-accounting errors found earlier in the Department of Public Works budget could be used to offset the $17,500 cost of the display.
Once council members learned of the error, they quickly consented to fund the fireworks using the new-found funds.
In anticipation that private funding would ultimately be found this year to maintain the show as it had been in year's past, the approximately $10,000 in overtime costs accrued annually during the display by members of DPW and the police department remained untouched in the budget.
In the past, former Deputy Mayor Steve Weinstein had led efforts to privately fund the fireworks.
An additional $8,400 that had been raised last year and placed in a fireworks trust fund to offset this year's fireworks cost was transferred to the library in August to extend Thursday night hours.
Recreation director Jim Graff said he was currently entertaining Monday, July 2 as the date for this year's borough fireworks display, with possible rain dates of Thursday, July 5 and Sunday, July 8.