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Nutter to hold Town Hall Meetings on Budget

Chris Brennan, who is currently covering a budget briefing for City Council members, reports that the Nutter administration plans to hold eight town hall meetings across the city from November 25 to December 18 to explain the budget cuts. "The administration is prepared to go out to make sure we explain the actions we have taken to the community," said Nutter's Chief of Staff Clay Armbrister. Mayor Nutter has announced substantial cuts to shore up a $1 billion gap in the city budget over the next five years. His plans include delaying tax cuts, laying off city workers and reducing some city services -- including shutting down 11 libraries and 68 pools. UPDATE: Here's the City press release and meeting schedule: MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES SERIES OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS ON CITY’S RESPONSE TO FINANCIAL CRISIS Top City leadership to attend eight community meetings across Philadelphia Philadelphia, November 17 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter has announced a series of eight Town Hall Meetings throughout Philadelphia to explain the city’s response to the financial crisis and changes to the budget. The meetings will take place during late-November to mid-December. At the meetings, city government leadership will explain the difficult decisions that need to be made, share the principles that guided the process, and to listen to any concerns that citizens may have. “This is an opportunity for Philadelphians to hear directly from the leadership of city government on changes that will have an impact on their communities,” said Mayor Nutter. “I look forward to the opportunity to meet with citizens all across the city to explain what has led to our financial situation, why we have made the very difficult budget decisions that we have made, and to listen to the concerns of people throughout many neighborhoods.” At each session Mayor Nutter will make opening remarks and run the audience through a short overview presentation and then open up for approximately an hour-long Q&A session. The Managing Director, Deputy Mayors, Finance Director Rob Dubow, Budget Director Steve Agostini, Police Commissioner Ramsey, Fire Commissioner Ayers, Recreation Commissioner Slawson, L&I Commissioner Burns, Streets Commissioner Tolson, and Fairmount Park Commission Executive Director Mark Focht, and other department and agency heads will all be available to answer questions. Meeting schedule Meetings will be held from 7-8:30/9pm each evening. Members of the public should arrive at approximately 6:30-6:45pm. Dates and locations of the meeting are as follows: Tuesday, November 25th South Philadelphia High School 2101 S. Broad Street Monday, December 1st Kensington High School 2051 E. Cumberland Street Tuesday, December 2nd School of the Future 4021 Parkside Avenue Monday, December 8th John Perzel Community Center 2990 St. Vincent Street Tuesday, December 9th Roxborough Memorial Hospital Wolcroff Auditorium 5800 Ridge Avenue Wednesday, December 10th Benjamin Franklin High School 550 N. Broad Street Tuesday, December 16th Kingsessing Recreation Center 5100 Chester Avenue Thursday, December 18th Martin Luther King High School 6100 Stenton Avenue

Nutter to hold Town Hall Meetings on Budget

Chris Brennan, who is currently covering a budget briefing for City Council members, reports that the Nutter administration plans to hold eight town hall meetings across the city from November 25 to December 18 to explain the budget cuts.

"The administration is prepared to go out to make sure we explain the actions we have taken to the community," said Nutter's Chief of Staff Clay Armbrister.

Mayor Nutter has announced substantial cuts to shore up a $1 billion gap in the city budget over the next five years. His plans include delaying tax cuts, laying off city workers and reducing some city services -- including shutting down 11 libraries and 68 pools.

UPDATE: Here's the City press release and meeting schedule:

MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES SERIES OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS ON CITY’S RESPONSE TO FINANCIAL CRISIS

Top City leadership to attend eight community meetings across Philadelphia


Philadelphia, November 17 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter has announced a series of eight Town Hall Meetings throughout Philadelphia to explain the city’s response to the financial crisis and changes to the budget. The meetings will take place during late-November to mid-December. At the meetings, city government leadership will explain the difficult decisions that need to be made, share the principles that guided the process, and to listen to any concerns that citizens may have.

“This is an opportunity for Philadelphians to hear directly from the leadership of city government on changes that will have an impact on their communities,” said Mayor Nutter. “I look forward to the opportunity to meet with citizens all across the city to explain what has led to our financial situation, why we have made the very difficult budget decisions that we have made, and to listen to the concerns of people throughout many neighborhoods.”

At each session Mayor Nutter will make opening remarks and run the audience through a short overview presentation and then open up for approximately an hour-long Q&A session. The Managing Director, Deputy Mayors, Finance Director Rob Dubow, Budget Director Steve Agostini, Police Commissioner Ramsey, Fire Commissioner Ayers, Recreation Commissioner Slawson, L&I Commissioner Burns, Streets Commissioner Tolson, and Fairmount Park Commission Executive Director Mark Focht, and other department and agency heads will all be available to answer questions.

Meeting schedule

Meetings will be held from 7-8:30/9pm each evening. Members of the public should arrive at approximately 6:30-6:45pm. Dates and locations of the meeting are as follows:

Tuesday, November 25th
South Philadelphia High School
2101 S. Broad Street

Monday, December 1st
Kensington High School
2051 E. Cumberland Street

Tuesday, December 2nd
School of the Future
4021 Parkside Avenue

Monday, December 8th
John Perzel Community Center
2990 St. Vincent Street

Tuesday, December 9th
Roxborough Memorial Hospital
Wolcroff Auditorium
5800 Ridge Avenue

Wednesday, December 10th
Benjamin Franklin High School
550 N. Broad Street

Tuesday, December 16th
Kingsessing Recreation Center
5100 Chester Avenue

Thursday, December 18th
Martin Luther King High School
6100 Stenton Avenue

About this blog
Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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