With a new cigarette tax and pressure for other revenue the president of Philadelphia’s city council is still hoping to keep the schools intact.
But whether the new tax ever gets final approval remains unclear.
“If and until those bills are introduced on the state level, and we see some sense that there is some action, there’s really not a lot that we can do locally,” City Council president Darrell Clarke says.
“We’re going to have approximately 26 tables where people will be able to come over and get information, get counseling,” says council president Darrell Clarke.
Mayor Nutter says he’ll present a package of proposals in a week or so to raise $60 million for city schools.
By a 15-0 vote, councilmembers approved a measure that would for the first time allow advertising on publicly owned buildings such as recreation centers, and on city vehicles including trash trucks.
Council hasn’t decided whether or how it can give the school district $60 million more, but dozens from the public urged Council to find a way.
“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.
City Council members are wondering how they and the mayor will come up with an extra $60-million for the school district and whether the state will do its share.
City Council President Darrell Clarke says so far about only 50-percent of homeowners eligible for next year’s Homestead Exemption have signed up so far.
City Council members say their own analysis of new property assessments points to the great need for relief measures for those hit hardest by rising property values.
Last year’s two-day “Made in America” festival during the Labor Day weekend drew thousands, and according to city officials provided a big boost to the local economy with hotel and restaurant bookings.
The idea is being pushed by the Council President, who also wants a “Revenue Czar.”
Mike Resnick, the city’s public safety director (far right in top photo), says that with 54 shootings at recreation centers since 2010, the Nutter administration supports the ban.
Aides to the mayor were in the hot seat Wednesday as city council members grilled them over the controversial new property assessments that have some residents fuming.