Philadelphia Budget

(Members of the Philadelphia firefighters' union, Local 22, at City Hall today for a hearing on the ongoing pay dispute between the city and the union.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

City Still Trying To Overturn Firefighters’ Arbitration; ‘Sour Grapes,’ Says Union

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.


(Philadelphia School District "chief recovery officer" Thomas Knudsen, in file photo.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Needs To Borrow $300M To Get Through Next 2 Years

The school district’s five-year financial plan includes a huge loan, says chief recovery officer Tom Knudsen.


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City Of Philadelphia Eyes Sale Of Parking Garage Under Love Park

The Nutter administration has taken the first step toward selling the parking garage under JFK Plaza, a block from City Hall.


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For First Time Ever, PICA Might Reject City’s 5-Year Financial Plan

If the city is not able to submit a plan that is eventually approved by PICA – the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority – it risks losing its state funding.


Council President Clarke with his colleagues in the caucus room, before passing a new city budget. (By Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia City Council Approves Budget, Delays AVI

The budget season is over at Philadelphia City Hall. City Council has passed a $3.6 billion budget, ending a tumultuous three-month stretch during which tough decisions were made on how to make ends meet.


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Split Council Gives Initial ‘OK’ To Property Tax Plan; Budget Talks Continue

Working late into the evening Thursday, City Council members reluctantly gave initial approval to an overhaul of Philadelphia’s property tax system.


Darrell Clarke (credit: Steve Tawa.)

Philadelphia City Council Votes on AVI, School Funding Will Be Severed

City Council president Darrell Clarke says Council will hold two separate votes: one on the mayor’s proposed property tax overhaul, the other on the mayor’s proposed increase in School District funding.


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Philadelphia Lawmakers Still Haggling Over Budget, Unfazed By June 1st Deadline

It’s clear that this year, the legal deadline won’t be met.


(Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow, center of photo, is questioned by city councilman Bill Green, back to camera at lower right, during a city budget hearing.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council Feels Squeeze of Budget Deadline Amid Open Questions

The mayor’s budget hinges on state approval of a homestead exemption, and separately, gaining the ability to adjust the split of property taxes between the city and the school district.


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Philadelphia City Council Staring At June 1st Budget Passage Deadline

“Being the optimist that I am, I believe we can get this done on time,” says Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke.


(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz at a press conference on Wednesday.  Credit: Mark Abrams)

City Controller Says Philadelphia Is Failing To Collect $$$ for Ambulance Services

City controller Alan Butkovitz says a review of ambulance billings by the city for 2011 shows it only collected $34 million of the $82.5 million it billed — about 42 percent.


(US Sen. Bob Casey, partially obscured at left, listens as Diane Neary, widow of Philadelphia firefighter Robert Neary, speaks at 30th Street Station in West Philadelphia.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Local Officials and Fireman’s Widow Call For More Federal Funds For Firefighters

“You need to follow and make sure these funds are not delegated for anything other than to stop these brownouts, to support our firemen,” said Diane Neary, whose husband Robert was killed in a warehouse fire last month in Kensington.


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DA Seth Williams Asks For Budget Increase To Prosecute Violent Crime

District Attorney Seth Williams pointed to a bar chart behind him, as he testified in council chambers, showing how the 22 largest counties in America fund their prosecutors.


Philadelphia Elections Commissioner Stephanie Singer shows off a voting booth. (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Commissioner Wants More Money To Pay Election Workers

The new overseer of Philadelphia elections went before City Council with hat in hand asking for more money to pay the people who man the polls.


(Arthur Evans, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health commissioner, testifies before a Philadelphia City Council budget hearing.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Official Warns of State Cuts Affecting Those With Mental Issues

“The amount of moving around of dollars that we can do is minimal,” said Arthur Evans, the city’s commissioner of Behavioral Health, “but we will do the best that we can to try to mitigate those kinds of catastrophic cuts.”