Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey says national incidents of police violence has made recruiting minorities for the Philadelphia police force much tougher.
Council president Darrell Clarke singled out the police station in North Philadelphia where an officer had been stationed when he was slain last month.
The school district wants more than $100 million above the city’s current contribution. The Nutter administration proposes raising $105 million with a 9.3-percent hike in property taxes. Councilmembers are already discussing alternate means.
If you own a dog in Philadelphia, it is required that you pay $16 a year for a license. But not everyone is complying.
Councilman Wilson Goode calls them “mega-nonprofits” — the city’s universities and health care institutions, which are now exempt from property taxes.
Officer Robert Wilson III was not wearing a video camera at the time of his murder, but he and other members of the 22nd District have been part of the police department’s initial testing of the technology.
Nutter delivered his final budget to City Council by asking the lawmakers to hike property taxes 9.3 percent.
KYW Newsradio has learned that Mayor Nutter will propose a hefty increase in city property taxes in order to give the cash-starved Philadelphia School District an extra $100 million.
City Council president Darrell Clarke says his staff’s internal review should be concluded by next week.
The controversy came as the mayor backed off slightly on plans to cut the city wage tax.
“The most egregious problem … is the approximately $160,000 overtime in 311 for the period studied,” he said, adding, “They’re working in a secret VIP call center that doesn’t comply with what the job description says.”
The Nutter administration has struck a new, seven-year deal with the city’s largest municipal workers’ union, District Council 33, in a contract dispute that has dragged on since 2009.
The head of the PICA board told the mayor’s finance director that he’d like to see the city do more belt-tightening in order to start a rainy day fund.
“While there has been a lot of backslapping and clapping and ‘We finally got it done,’ we have not gotten it done,” warns state senator Anthony Williams (at left in photo).
The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Jim Kenney, estimates that the new marijuana policy could save the police department and the courts $4 million a year.