SUISUN CITY — Nonprofits and community groups that sell fireworks in Suisun City may get a bigger percentage of the profits in the future.
The City Council, at one of its February meetings, plans to take a look at how much the city needs from the annual summertime fireworks sales to pay for the Independence Day fireworks show.
Vice Mayor Lori Wilson brought up the issue Tuesday during council comments, saying that members of the nonprofit and community groups that sell the fireworks have asked to have the issue examined.
During the past two years, after the company that provides the fireworks was paid, Suisun City took 52 percent of the profits of any fireworks sales before any other expenses were paid. The community groups took 48 percent and paid off any expenses, such as insurance and renting a storage container. The city also charged a 12 percent surcharge on the sales.
Some local groups that sold fireworks during the first year didn’t apply the second year because they had problems getting enough volunteers to staff the stands throughout the sales times and saw their share of the profits significantly whittled down by the expenses.
Suisun City collected $58,639 in 2012 from its 52 percent of the sales as well as an additional $24,987 from a 12 percent surcharge. That year’s fireworks show cost between $38,000 and $40,000, according to a report made the council later that year.
“This is not the first time that we have heard this issue,” said City Councilman Mike Segala.
Wilson said the council should examine how much is needed to fund the show and whether the groups should get a larger percentage, since they are taking all the risks of selling the fireworks.
“We want to make sure we are being fair,” said Councilman Mike Hudson, who supported putting the matter on a February council agenda.
Nonprofits groups and community groups interested in selling fireworks at one of three locations have until Feb. 4 to submit applications to the city. A drawing will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 in the Suisun City Council chamber to determine who will get the three permits.
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