Originally Published: December 27, 2011 9:48 p.m.
PRESCOTT VALLEY - The town government will be a party-pooper for the second New Year's Eve in a row.
The town Parks and Recreation Department did not budget a fireworks display for New Year's Eve in 2010 for financial reasons, and will continue that pattern Dec. 31, Deputy Town Manager Ryan Judy said.
Instead, the Arizona Sundogs hockey team paid for a fireworks show for the home game on New Year's Eve in 2010. But like the town government, the Sundogs will not offer a show this year on the evening that the Sundogs play the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of Hidalgo, Texas.
Town officials opted to save the fireworks display for a Centennial gala Feb. 14, 2012, at Tim's Toyota Center, Judy said.
Town Councilwoman Lora Lee Nye said, "This was a budgetary issue. Very sadly, we had to adjust our budget due to the economy. We wanted to support the Centennial with the funds we normally supplied" for fireworks.
Nye played an active role in past town-sponsored New Year's Eve festivities, which started three years ago. The family-oriented festivities included a bonfire, live entertainment, the serving of hot chocolate and s'mores and fireworks.
The fireworks display took place outside the sports arena. The Sundogs on New Year's Eve will give away prizes with a total value of $300,000 in goods and services from contests on Dec. 31, said Brien Rea, vice president for broadcasting and communications for the team. He added Skin Perfection, a Prescott spa, is a partner with the team for the festivities.
"We do everything from a 50-50 raffle to drawings," he said.
Rea said the Sundogs will spend part of its production budget at the Central Hockey League All-Star game Jan. 11.