Tuesday, May 5, 2015

PICA Wants to Know Why Council Won't Hold DROP Hearings

The Board Chairman of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority is questioning why City Council hasn't scheduled hearings on the controversial DROP program.

PICA Wants to Know Why Council Won't Hold DROP Hearings

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The Board Chairman of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority is questioning why City Council hasn't scheduled hearings on the controversial DROP program.

Sam Katz today sent a letter to Council President Anna Verna, asking why the body hasn't moved on the issue, even after their own study found that the program has cost $100 million since 1999.

"The failure of City Council to act in any fashion, in the face of a call for cessation of the DROP by the Mayor, econometric evidence, and clear public sentiment against the DROP program, clouds the City's future fiscal situation, which is the statutory purview of PICA," writes Katz. For the full letter, click here.

We wrote several weeks ago about Council's inaction on DROP. 

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UPDATE: We just caught up with Council President Anna Verna, who said she hadn't read the letter and didn't want to repsond. "I'm up to here with this budget," Verna said.

Verna did say she personally would like to hold DROP hearings before Council takes their summer legislative recess, but she said she wasn't sure if that would happen.

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