Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he will sign the fireworks ordinance passed by the Metro Council Thursday night. The ordinance will allow the sale of fireworks permitted by state law, but says they cannot be set off by minors or within 200 feet of another person or building. Mayor Fischer says the new state law that loosens restrictions on fireworks has put them in a tough spot.
“This ordinance that was passed last night is tighter than state law,” he said. “So if that ordinance doesn’t pass, it defaults to the looser state law.”
Mayor Fischer says he will sign it for that reason, but is heartened that the council will study the ordinance further to see how to improve public safety.
The mayor also announced he will sign the budget approved by the council. The 500 million dollar budget adds about 2.5 million in spending for various agencies to the original plan submitted by Mayor Fischer. He says he can go along with the changes.
“The metro council looked at our revenue, and they thought they found a few spots where the additional 2.5 million dollars could come in,” the mayor explained. “It’s one-half of one percent of our revenue forecast, so I’m fine with that.”