Philadelphia City Council
With the Philadelphia School District struggling under a giant budget deficit, city councilmembers and community groups gathered at City Hall to announce a small but important fund to expand early childhood education programs.
Parents upset with the Philadelphia School District’s budget crisis came to City Council Thursday, hoping those lawmakers would boost the size of the city’s bailout. The parents left disappointed.
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.
“We have done our part, exceeding the request,” Council president Darrell Clarke said Tuesday in City Council chambers, “and we will conclude our budget process this Thursday.”
The hearing featured experts speaking on the educational systems in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Finland and elsewhere.
“This is very rough and very hard to be here this morning,” said Wayne Walker-Lipscomb as she spoke to councilmembers at the start of the latest hearing on the failings of the parole system.
The vote was unanimous for the new cigarette tax, which would take effect next January and bring an estimated $45 million to city schools. State approval is required.
City Council members on Wednesday are expected to give initial approval to the operating budget, and they’ve already approved a new cigarette tax. But they appear unlikely to move on a proposal to hike the liquor-by-the-drink tax from ten to fifteen percent.
Philadelphia City Council is launching its own probe of last week’s fatal center city building collapse, though its review will focus on the broad issues of regulations and licensing governing demolitions.
The Philadelphia City Council says it plans to form an investigative committee to review city regulations and procedures in the wake of a deadly building collapse.
The mayor’s announcement amounted to a tacit acknowledgement that, until now, just about anyone could get a permit to carry out a demolition.
Expect a City Council hearing this fall on the aftermath of the collapse, according to Curtis Jones, chairman of Council’s public safety committee.
Philadelphia’s controversial new property tax system is now a step closer to reality, following a preliminary vote Wednesday in City Council.
With a new cigarette tax and pressure for other revenue the president of Philadelphia’s city council is still hoping to keep the schools intact.
But whether the new tax ever gets final approval remains unclear.