City Council's first budget hearing won't be in City Hall

It’s that time of the year again…budget season!

City Council announced it will hold its first budget hearing at St. John’s AME Church on 71st street near Yocum, in the 2nd Councilmanic District on Wednesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. Council plans to have more budget hearings in the community.

"I look forward to beginning this year's budget process hearing from the people our decisions directly affect, the citizens of Philadelphia," Council President Darrell Clarke said today in a statement. “The added perspective these neighborhood hearings provide will be extremely valuable as we move through the 2013 budget schedule.  I strongly encourage all constituents to take this opportunity to participate in their government."

Mayor Nutter is set to present his budget to Council on March 8 which will not call for any new taxes. Next week the budget season officially starts and hearings on the Operating budget for fiscal year 2013, the five-year plan, the capital budget and the School District budget will continue into May.

The public can testify at the following budget hearings in City Hall which will be held on:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, May 7, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The School District budget will be on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Here’s a complete list of scheduled hearings.