Saturday, December 27, 2014

Deputy Mayors Talk Budget Cuts

Also at today's PhillyStat session, the deputy mayors talked about what 10, 20 or 30 percent reductions could do to their departments. And it isn't pretty. "We're past the point where efficiencies are going to get us very far," said Andy Altman, deputy mayor for planning and economic development. "Now you're getting into core services. Here are some of the scenarios they said they were looking at: - Privitizing trash pickup, charging citizens for trash collection or reducing trash service are all being discussed in sanitation, according to Rina Cutler, deputy mayor for transportation and utilities. - The health department is pondering the impact of closing a health center or cutting back on health center benefits, said Don Schwartz, deputy mayor for health and opportunity. - Over at licenses and inspections, Altman said they're looking at how cuts would impact their ability to issue permits.

Deputy Mayors Talk Budget Cuts

Also at today's PhillyStat session, the deputy mayors talked about what 10, 20 or 30 percent reductions could do to their departments. And it isn't pretty.

"We're past the point where efficiencies are going to get us very far," said Andy Altman, deputy mayor for planning and economic development. "Now you're getting into core services.

Here are some of the scenarios they said they were looking at:

- Privitizing trash pickup, charging citizens for trash collection or reducing trash service are all being discussed in sanitation, according to Rina Cutler, deputy mayor for transportation and utilities.

- The health department is pondering the impact of closing a health center or cutting back on health center benefits, said Don Schwartz, deputy mayor for health and opportunity.

- Over at licenses and inspections, Altman said they're looking at how cuts would impact their ability to issue permits.

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