We've got more detail on the cuts Mayor Nutter says he'll have to make without additional budget revenue.
According to a letter Budget Director Stephen Agostini today sent to Nutter's chief of staff, the city needs to cut $20 million from the budget to manage city cash flow. In the letter he outlines the suggested cuts, which include:
- Eliminating two police classes scheduled for this year -- $4.5 million
- Deactivating two fire companies, eliminating 40 jobs -- $3.6 million
- Cutting library hours to four days a week -- $2.5 million
The budget plan passed by Council this morning - which includes a 9.9 percent two-year property-tax hike, along with taxes on some tobacco products and an increased commercial-trash fee - gives the city a $42 million surplus-fund balance. Nutter says that is not enough money to get through the year, an argument that Council has not been sympathetic to so far.
Nutter this morning sent a letter to Council saying that if they don't pass a soda tax or increase the temporary property tax hike, that he will have to eliminate $20 million from the budget. Despite the threat, they did not vote on the soda tax.