PhillyClout has learned that Mayor Nutter is planning a press conference for tomorrow afternoon., which will detail the catastrophic budget Philly will be forced to implement if Harrisburg doesn’t approve the city’s budget requests.
Nutter has asked state lawmakers to approve two budget items, a temporary 1 cent increase to the city sales tax and some changes to city payments into the pension fund. Without those approvals, the city must make up a $700 million gap over five years.
Sources tell PhillyClout that the list of cuts that the city is expected to discuss tomorrow, should Harrisburg not come through, includes layoffs of between 600 and 800 police officers and as many as 200 firefighters.
The plan also includes closing two health centers, shuttering most recreation centers and libraries and going to bi-weekly trash pickup. In total about 3,000 city workers would lose their jobs, from almost every department.*