Friday, January 30, 2015

Nutter sends email to supporters, asking them to back anti-DROP petition

In the wake of City Council's unanimous vote to preserve the DROP program, while reducing costs, Mayor Nutter sent out the following email to his campaign mailing list:

Nutter sends email to supporters, asking them to back anti-DROP petition

In the wake of City Council's unanimous vote to preserve the DROP program, while reducing costs, Mayor Nutter sent out the following email to his campaign mailing list:

Dear Friend,

They actually did it. Philadelphia City Council just voted to override my veto of a bill that will preserve the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) at a cost of at least $15 million to $20 million. That's in addition to the more than $100 million that DROP has already cost Philadelphia taxpayers.

Rather than listen to the overwhelming public opposition to the DROP program and consider my bill to end it, City Council has ignored the will of their constituents and voted to spend even more money on a plan that was originally supposed to cost the city nothing.

This is completely unacceptable, but there is still hope. This January more than one third of the Philadelphia City Council will be brand new members. We need to clearly demonstrate how strong public support is for eliminating DROP to the next City Council.

Please help show our future councilmembers that the majority of their constituents want DROP eliminated by adding your name to our petition calling for the end of the program.

DROP is a program that our city simply can't afford. It hasn't lived up to its original goals, and it has already cost $100 million more than planned. Rather than spend even more money to continue DROP, we must do the right thing for Philadelphia and eliminate it.

Please sign the petition and tell City Council you want them to end DROP.

After you sign the petition, please forward this email to your friends, neighbors and relatives and ask them to join you in signing it. The more signatures we get, the more effective our message will be.

Thank you for your support and for everything you do for Philadelphia.

Sincerely,

Michael Nutter

Mayor, City of Philadelphia

 

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