Reporting Mike Dunn
By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This past week City Council restored more than $10 million in funding to programs that had been reduced or cut earlier, including money for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
When the Nutter Administration closed the books on the fiscal year that ended last June 30th, the balance of cash left over was nearly $50 million more than anticipated.
Council members reached a deal with the mayor on restoring funding for a wide range of programs that had been slashed; the restoration totals $12 million.
Council president Clarke was pleased.
“You talk about domestic violence issues, you talk about mural arts programs, you talk about some of the other initiatives that were included in these transfer ordinances, we thought [the move] was appropriate,” says Clarke.
Among the funding restored is an additional $2.5 million to the Department of Parks and Recreation, an additional three million dollars to the Office of Supportive Housing which runs shelters and programs for the homeless, and $200,000 more for the Mural Arts program.