Councilman Brian O’Neill
A city councilman says grandchildren of fallen Philadelphia police officers and firefighters should get the same civil service hiring preferences that are now given to the children.
City Council paid tribute to the fallen firefighters both with a moment of silence and with resolutions honoring their memory.
Today brings the start of two months of Philadelphia City Council hearings on Mayor Nutter’s new budget, and the process could get heated over Nutter’s plan to overhaul property assessments, while bringing in $90-million extra to the Philadelphia School District.
But the rewrite is by no means a done deal.
City Council’s GOP leader, Brian O’Neill, last week stripped Rizzo of his post as minority whip, a mostly ceremonial position given that Council has only three GOP members.
When Mayor Nutter vetoed the measure on Thursday, Councilman Jim Kenney found that some of the original 12 “yes” votes had flipped.
The issue is “redistricting” — the mandate that every ten years City Council redraw its boundaries to reflect population shifts.
Proceeds from that property tax bump — combined with a meter rate increase for street parking and some city surplus funds — will give the school district an extra $53 million.
Soda truck drivers circled City Hall, honking their horns, as hundreds rallied nearby, as a way of saying their jobs are in jeopardy from Philadelphia’s proposed tax on sugared beverages.
Mayor Michael Nutter is looking to revive his failed plan to tax sodas, and to raise property taxes and rates for on-street parking, in order to help bail out the School District of Philadelphia from a deficit topping $600 million.
A Philadelphia city councilman says staffing shortages in the Philadelphia Fire Department could be readily solved if the mayor let dozens of firefighters who are due to retire stay an extra year.
Philadelphia City Council, which controls the purse strings of the city’s government, apparently has no problem with the $60,000 salary hike given to police commissioner Charles Ramsey to keep him from fleeing to Chicago.
City Council still has yet to schedule a hearing on the mayor’s call to eliminate the controversial DROP pension perk. But one lawmaker on Thursday said that debate should look at the larger financial problems facing that pension plan.
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