Members of labor unions representing various groups of Philadelphia municipal workers marched around City Hall both before and after Mayor Nutter’s budget address, to push their concerns.
Nutter boasted that his $4+ billion spending plan includes no tax increases, but he warned that something must be done to meet the school district’s latest request for an additional $75 million in city funding.
According to a budget overview obtained by KYW Newsradio, additional money for inspectors will “strengthen demolition controls to ensure safe public and private demolitions.”
Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez proposes upping the school district’s share from 55 percent to 60 percent, which she says would shift about $53 million per year from the city to the schools without raising taxes.
Developer Brooke Lenfest (center of photo) wants to build two hotels — a “W” and an “Element” — on what is now a parking lot at 15th and Chestnut Streets.
A City Council committee has okayed a major change in the city’s Business Income and Receipts Tax, but any final vote may not come for many months.
It is the second major relief program to result from the new property assessments that were mailed out earlier this year, for tax bills that are due early next year.
The five members of PICA -– the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -– voted unanimously to approve Mayor Nutter’s long-range budget despite misgivings over the slim surpluses and the looming cost of new union contracts.
Rob Dubow says the Philadelphia school district’s budget woes could get worse if City Council doesn’t approve a bill to make permanent the once-temporary hike in the sales tax.
After months of debate, Council president Darrell Clarke says he’s proud of the final version of the Actual Value Initiative that Council has approved.
But whether the new tax ever gets final approval remains unclear.
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.