Mayor Nutter says he’ll present a package of proposals in a week or so to raise $60 million for city schools.
The discussion, titled “Philadelphia Taxes — Past, Present and Future.” was organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics.
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.
BRT executive director Carla Pagan says the time required will be determined by the number of formal appeals filed, which she estimates could range between 10,000 and 50,000, or more.
Clarena Tolson, the longtime Philadelphia streets commissioner, is now the revenue commissioner.
DA Seth Williams went before City Council’s budget committee today asking for an extra $2.75 million above the nearly $32 million that Mayor Nutter has proposed for the district attorney’s office.
The Nutter administration is standing firm in its decision to bar reporters and the public from a meeting this week with Wall Street investors, despite a protest from several media outlets.
City Council president Darrell Clarke and others on Council questioned the mayor’s finance director, Rob Dubow, over whether the mayor himself will present a plan to raise an extra $60 million for the school district, or whether that political hot potato will fall in the lap of Council.
For Mayor Nutter and the two non-uniformed city worker unions, the day after Nutter’s scuttled budget address saw only a slight cooling-down of the rhetoric.
Hundreds of city workers whistled, jeered and shouted at the mayor as he tried to deliver his speech in City Council on Thursday.
The chambers of Philadelphia City Council were packed to the rafters with angry union members as mayor Michael Nutter prepared to unveil his new budget.
The budget for the coming year — adopted Monday by the Parking Authority’s board — predicts that the on-street division will see a $4 million decline in net revenue — essentially profit that is forwarded to the city and school district.
Common Pleas Court judge Idee Fox heard nearly two hours of arguments on Monday from the city and the union over the arbitration award, which the city says it can’t afford.
The school district’s five-year financial plan includes a huge loan, says chief recovery officer Tom Knudsen.
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