Mayor Nutter this morning transmitted a copy of the revised five year plan – also known as Plan C or the doomsday budget – to City Council.
Plan C will be enacted if the city doesn't soon get approval from the state for a temporary sales tax increase and some changes to payments into the pension fund. Those moves are worth $700 million over five years. Much of the detail has been reported before – layoffs of nearly 3,000 city workers, along with closures of libraries and recreation centers, as well as a reduction in trash collection – but the plan shows exactly how the cuts will unfold.
Over the course of the five years, the bulk of the cuts come in the first two years when the city’s cash flow problems are the most severe. For example, the Free Library, Fairmount Park and the Recreation Department will be cut back drastically this fiscal year and next, before seeing funding return in the third year of the plan. But for the next two years, the Park will have just 22 staffers, the Free Library will have 138 and Recreation will have 28.
Because the city is almost two months into the fiscal year without approval from Harrisburg on the budget requests, Nutter must submit the contingency budget by the end of the month to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the state agency that oversees the city budget. Implementation would soon follow.