City Council President Darrell Clarke
The largest city workers union — which has been without a contract for five years — is asking City Council to delay passage of the budget until the union works out a deal with the Mayor Michael Nutter.
Council President Clarke wants to revise the state’s plan for city sales tax revenues so that over four years, the proceeds are split between the schools and the city pension fund. He and the mayor also want approval for a city tax on cigarettes.
It may be a tough sell in Harrisburg, but City Council is hoping to convince state lawmakers to sign on to their revised school bailout plan.
City Council President Darrell Clarke says before City Council steps up to help, local lawmakers want more oversight of the school district’s budget.
City Council President Darrell Clarke is signaling to colleagues that he doesn’t want the mayor’s plan to sell PGW to be formally introduced in council until consultants study the deal further.
Despite a plea from a political watchdog group, City Council has no intention of holding public hearings on its own budget.
Both District Councils 33, the blue collar union, and DC 47, the white collar union, had been without contracts since 2009. But now 47 has a deal, pending ratification, and that may give some impetus to speeding up a settlement between the city and 33.
The Actual Value Initiative, or “AVI” became the most battled-over program in City Hall during 2013.
Council President Darrell Clarke says council will comply with the School District’s request, but only if Harrisburg does the same. But how Clarke could get such guarantees is unclear, particularly since the state budget is unlikely to be settled before the city’s.
Today’s hearing was called by Council President Darrell Clarke, who along with several other council members visited Baltimore last month to see how that city has ramped up its crime camera program.
Congressman Brady and others are backing a plan in which Penn National Gaming would run the second casino, and two-thirds of the revenues would be channeled through a non-profit to the struggling school district and the pension fund.
City Council president Darrell Clarke gaveled the 2012 legislative session to a close last week, but he did so without ever scheduling a hearing on a pension reform plan submitted by Mayor Nutter way back in September.
City Council President Darrell Clarke, whose district includes the Temple campus, has gotten an earful over the years from nearby residents who are furious that students are clogging up parking.
Confusion reigns at Philadelphia City Hall as council and the Nutter Administration grapple over the already overdue budget as well as how to fix the property tax system.
Council President Darrell Clarke postponed a Thursday morning budget hearing until next Tuesday. He hopes that will be the time when the council members come to an agreement on the perplexing budget.