Philadelphia Councilwoman Marian Tasco Collects $478K DROP Payment

By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian Tasco will be retiring at the close of business on Friday, only to return on Monday and be sworn into a new term, along with the rest of council and Mayor Nutter. But, she’ll be able to collect a $478,000 DROP payment.

The city’s Board of Pensions and Retirement confirms Councilwoman Tasco’s temporary retirement. She was one of six council members enrolled in the controversial pension perk to collect six-figure lump sum checks.

Five other council members are retiring for good this week. They were among all 17 current members who overrode a mayoral veto last September to preserve DROP.

Mayor Nutter’s Press Secretary, Mark McDonald, says the Mayor looks forward to fresh blood in City Council.

“The mayor is very hopeful that the new city council will act appropriately and pass legislation that will end drop.”

Using what critics contend was a loophole, elected officials have run for re-election, retired for a day to collect the pension payment, and returned to work.

Some city hall observers believe Tasco, a veteran city councilwoman, lost her bid to become the next council president because of her enrollment in DROP.

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One Comment

  1. Eugene Ross # 5336675771 says:


  2. FreedomScribe says:

    If this isn’t the most outrageous abuse of power, the most incredible “gaming” of the system. then I don’t know what is. Whaddiya expect from Philthedelphia?

  3. allen swan says:

    The people complaining about this don’t get it. In Philadelphia, the people who vote these people in, don’t pay taxes. They are freeloaders, just like the Councilwoman.

  4. Cens ors are s cared little tools says:

    See, you can look like an old baked terd and still game the system to get rich. Keep voting Dem, you idiots!

  5. QB says:

    Everyone calm down….NOTHING has proven that we the voters OR the councilmen/ women that we vote in KNEW about DROP before they were elected. Until you prove that they knowingly had the intention, then ANYONE one of us could be elected and be “moved” to take advantage of the same program that pre-existed. DONT vote her back in is all you can say.

  6. Millie says:

    Unbelievable! And they keep voting the thieves in time and time again. What a country (or I shoukd say city!) And then there’s never any money for the schools, Police or Fire Depts.(Hmm, I wonder why?)

  7. Philly says:

    Every unemployeed person in Philly should protest her ! but will they NO !

  8. Philly says:

    You fools voted for her and your stupid mayor (AGAIN) suck it up and pay your taxes to pay for these pay outs

  9. Mother Nature says:

    Outrageous behavior, legal or not. throw this bum out…………

  10. m.a.g. says:

    Sick. Keep voting these people in while you pay unbelievable taxes. Stupid is as stupid does.

    1. Tom says:

      Ding, Ding, Ding we got a winner! perfect comment.

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