At issue at the Philadelphia City Council hearing was the governor’s plan to consolidate social service funding into “block grants” while shrinking the level of funding by about 20 percent.
The union representing blue-collar municipal workers in Philadelphia says, after three years with no new contract, it’s time the mayor gets serious about their negotiations.
Philadelphia property owners, residential and commercial, brace yourself: Mayor Nutter is unveiling a new budget while laying out a plan that will mean higher property taxes for many.
City Council has announced its plans for public hearings on the mayor’s proposed spending plan — and they’re taking it on the road.
No new taxes: that’s the pledge — for now — from the Nutter administration.
Poll director Larry Eichel doesn’t see those findings — a desire to lower taxes and yet preserve services — as contradictory.
Mayor Nutter says it is too soon to say whether massive cuts in Governor Corbett’s proposed state budget will force the city to raise taxes to make up the shortfall.
Dr. Donald Schwarz says he has “not seen anything like this before.”
Kids hoping for sledding instead of school may be disappointed by the lack of snow so far this winter. But city of Philadelphia budget crunchers are ecstatic.
The City of Philadelphia’s finances are so bleak these days that when a very slight budget surplus appears, officials call a news conference to crow about it.
Over the objections of the mayor, Philadelphia City Council has given preliminary okay to a $200 annual property tax rebate for condominium owners, because some use private trash haulers.
A final decision will come in a week or so, after September tax revenue figures come in.
Mayor Michael Nutter is sounding a warning cry that the city’s economy is again slowing, thanks mainly to higher unemployment.
The turmoil in financial markets could quickly filter down to the budgets of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, with officials at both levels facing difficult decisions.
The state agency that oversees Philadelphia’s cash-starved finances is expected to vote on Mayor Nutter’s long-range budget on Tuesday and there are many concerns.