Council Announces Possible Special Session On Budget

We just got this release from the Council President's Office:

Verna Notifies Council Members of Possible Special Session

PHILADELPHIA, PA - City Council President Anna C. Verna has issued a memorandum to Members of City Council (attached) advising them that they should be prepared to reconvene for Special Sessions on three dates in August if action is needed to consider amendments to the City's Fiscal Year 2010 Operating Budget.

Mayor Nutter yesterday briefed members of Council on the details of "Plan C" that the City would be forced to implement if action is not taken by the Pennsylvania General Assembly regarding the City's need for a temporary increase of one percent in the local sales tax and for authorization to restructure the schedule of payments to the City's pension fund. If action is not taken by the General Assembly by August 15, 2009, the City's Five Year Plan will be deemed disapproved by the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) as of August 16, 2009.

In this event, the Mayor will need to submit a revised Plan. For this to occur, he must prepare for City Council's approval an amendment to the Operating Budget Ordinance, which would need to be finally approved by the Council by August 31, 2009, in order to comply with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA).

Council President Verna is asking Council members to make themselves available on three dates, if this action is required:

* Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - Special Session for Ordinance Introduction
* Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - Meeting of the Committee of the Whole; Special Session to consider bills as reported
* Monday, August 31, 2009 - Special Session for Final Approval and submission to the Mayor

See Attached Memorandum