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City Will Slash 3,000 Jobs If Budget Woes Continue

PhillyClout has taken to calling it "Plan C for Calamity," the third version of the city budget for the fiscal year that started on July 1 that will be implemented if the state General Assembly doesn't approve a 1-cent increase in the city's sales tax and changes to how the pension fund is replenished.

City Will Slash 3,000 Jobs If Budget Woes Continue

"We´re not asking for a handout, we´re asking for a hand," Mayor Nutter said this afternoon. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
"We're not asking for a handout, we're asking for a hand," Mayor Nutter said this afternoon. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

PhillyClout has taken to calling it "Plan C for Calamity," the third version of the city budget for the fiscal year that started on July 1 that will be implemented if the state General Assembly doesn't approve a 1-cent increase in the city's sales tax and changes to how the pension fund is replenished.

Here are the gory details:

  • The Police Department will eliminate 972 jobs, including 739 officers, 43 civilians and 190 jobs left empty.
  • The Fire Department will deactivate six engine companies, three ladder companies and five advanced life support medic units.  It will also eliminate 36 officer jobs, 120 firefighter jobs and 40 paramedic jobs.  Five fire houses would be closed.
  • The Health Department will close two Health Centers, eliminate the Medical Evaluation Unit and cut 112 jobs.
  • The Streets Department will reduce trash pick-up to every other week and cut 400 jobs.
  • The Department Parks & Recreation will close all recreation centers and cease all programs while cutting 450 recreation jobs and 142 park jobs
  • The Free Library of Philadelphia will close all branches and eliminate 490 jobs.
  • The Commerce Department and City Planning Commission will lay off a combined 59 jobs and cease operations.
  • In all, about 3,000 jobs will be eliminated, including posts in the Mayor's Office, the Managing Director's Office, the Department of Licenses & Inspections, the finance Department, the Division of Technology, the Human Resources Department, the Records Department and the Department of Revenue.
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