Friday, December 26, 2014

City Still Deciding How To Spend $13.5 Million In Federal Funding

As the Daily News told you Saturday, the city is receiving $13.5 million in federal grant money to help pay for law enforcement costs. Mayor Nutter held a press conference this morning with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and U.S. House members Allyson Schwartz and Bob Brady to talk about the funding, which is part of $2 billion being distributed to states, counties and cities across the country.

City Still Deciding How To Spend $13.5 Million In Federal Funding

As the Daily News told you Saturday, the city is receiving $13.5 million in federal grant money to help pay for law enforcement costs.  Mayor Nutter held a press conference this morning with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and U.S. House members Allyson Schwartz and Bob Brady to talk about the funding, which is part of $2 billion being distributed to states, counties and cities across the country.

Nutter said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety, are still trying to determine how the money will be spent.  Nutter was not sure when those decisions would be ready for public disclosure.  The money comes in "one-time dollars," so the city has to be careful to spend it in ways that don't create a need in the five-year financial plan for reoccurring funding.

"When you get these one-time dollars you have to be very careful with what you invest them in," Nutter said. "I mean, I’m very happy. I’m not complaining. I’m very happy to have the $13.5 million."

Click here to see the White House fact sheet on how other cities, counties and states are spending their share of the law enforcement grants.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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