A BENEFICIAL CHANGE FOR LOUISVILLE FIREMEN

A BENEFICIAL CHANGE FOR LOUISVILLE FIREMEN

A LAW just passed by the legislature of Kentucky is one which, if strictly acted up to, will keep the administration of the fire department of Louisville completely out of politics, by removing the control of the department out of the hands of the general council. Instead of that body being authorized to say how many firemen there shall be and to fix their salaries, the law has placed that power in the hands of the hoard of safety, and now no fireman can be dismissed, without a trial, nor can his salary be reduced, if his politics are not those of the majority of the members of the general council. The salaries are now fixed by the new law, which has changed the old ordinance in many material particulars. For instance, there are now to be four, instead of only two assistant chiefs—a clause which will admit of the restoration of two captains who were reduced by the general council After the clauses which are intended to take the department out of politics the most important is that which provides for the pensioning of disabled firemen, the money for which is to be raised by levying a tax of one-half of one per cent, on each §100 of taxable property. This is expected to produce $7,000 a year. In addition, each fireman must contribute a percentage of his salary monthly to the fund—the amount to be deducted from his pay. The chairman of the board of safety, the city attorney, the treasurer, and chief of the fire department are made trustees of the pension fund. Any firemen injured or killed in the line of duty or his dependent widow, children, or parents, if single, will thus become entitled to a regular stipend every month from this fund while the injured man is laid up, or as long as his surviving children are minors.

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