Despite more grim budget news from the mayor’s office, City Council members today said they weren’t planning on considering any further tax increases to raise revenues.
“I think we passed a budget,” said Councilman Bill Greenlee. “We think it’s a responsible budget. Certainly at this point in time, I don’t see a change in what we do.”
As we reported this morning, the Nutter administration is now looking to make further cuts in the face of deteriorating tax revenues. A spending freeze has been placed on all money for equipment and supplies, and all departments face an additional 2 percent budget cut in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
This comes on top of $20 million in cuts Mayor Nutter announced two weeks ago after City Council failed to act on Nutter’s proposed soda tax. Council did pass a 9.9 percent property tax increase, but Nutter said it would not provide enough revenue to keep the city afloat.