Even if the state approves the city budget relief, may more cuts be on the way?
Two weeks ago, Mayor Nutter announced a round of cuts -- delaying a police academy class, laying off workers and cutting back hours at the 3-1-1 call center -- due to a delay in getting state approval for a temporary sales tax hike.
Nutter's original budget plan counted on getting state approval to increase the local sales tax by 1 cent on the dollar for five years and to make changes in how the city's pension fund is replenished. If approved, the sales tax increase would take 4 to 6 weeks to implement. Nutter expected to get $10 million per month in sales tax revenue, starting in August.
But because Harrisburg lawmakers hadn't yet given him approval, Nutter had to eliminate that revenue for August and September by making $20 million in cuts. And so PhillyClout wonders: Is October next?