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Council Approves Fireworks Ordinance, Budget

The Louisville Metro Council has approved an ordinance allowing for the sale this summer of fireworks such as bottle rockets and firecrackers now permitted under state law.

The ordinance comes with some restrictions. The fireworks could not be sold or set off by anyone under 18 and they could not be ignited within 200 feet of another person, animal or structure.

The ordinance would expire November 1 to allow for more study.

The original ordinance proposed by Democratic Councilwoman Madonna Flood would have banned the sale of such fireworks in the city, but it was amended in committee. Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick spoke against allowing the sales, saying the more powerful fireworks pose a safety hazard.

Ordinance supporters say Kentuckians have long been buying the fireworks in Indiana and Tennessee.

Mayor Greg Fischer says he wants to review the ordinance before deciding whether to sign it.

In other business last night, the council approved a $500 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. It adds about $2.5 million in spending for various agencies to the plan submitted by Mayor Greg Fischer.

The increase is based on higher revenue projections.

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Council Holds Second Public Hearing On Budget

By Rick Howlett

The Louisville Metro Council Budget Committee has held the second and final public hearing on Mayor Jerry Abramson’s proposed spending plan for the the next fiscal year.

The committee heard Thursday from representatives of non-profit organizations that provide various services for the community.

Jay Davison of the Healing Place, which helps the homeless deal with substance abuse, says funding for his organization is slashed by $150,000 in the proposed budget, just after it established a new facility for women and children in the Park Hill neighborhood.

“In six months since we opened the facility, women in need have come to us in numbers we never imagined. when we moved to the broadway location to the Park Hill location in November of ’09, we moved 90 women and children. Today we’re serving over 200,” he said.

The proposed budget assumes a slight uptick in revenue, but maintains most of the cuts in the current plan.

The full council will vote on it next Thursday.

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Abramson: More Budget Cuts Likely

Despite optimism by some officials that the national economy is beginning to show signs of improvement, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson says Metro Government’s fiscal health remains weak.

“Our first quarter is not looking as good. We put in a budget that had fewer revenues than the year before, less money than the year before, and it looks like its going to be even more difficult. So, in terms of operating expenses, we’re going to have to be looking at cuts in the budget over the next several months to be able to
insure that we balance the budget by the end of the fiscal year,” Abramson said Tuesday.

Abramson says much of the city’s revenue comes from occupational taxes and taxes on corporate profits, which have not improved. Local unemployment is near 11-percent.