City Council just wrapped up their first fall session, which featured discussion on the city's grim budget situation.
Council approved a resolution introduced by Councilman Bill Green, calling on the administration to immediately provide Council with a revised "Plan C" backup budget which includes funding for the court system. Green stressed that Council did not approve Plan C in August, but instead waived a vote on the plan at the mayor's request.
If budget relief doesn't pass in Harrisburg by tomorrow, the city will be required to provide a revised Plan C to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority by next Friday. Council President Verna said that if that happens, Council will hold hearings on the plan before Friday.
Plan C includes the layoffs of 3,000 city workers, closing libraries and recreation centers and reduction in trash collection. PICA has specifically questioned the Plan C intent to eliminate funds for the First Judicial District, the District Attorney and the Public Defender.