Council budget hearings take up capital projects

Inquirer staff reporter Jeff Shields reports:

City Council is looking at 76 projects in the 2010 capital budget in hearings today.

The capital budget involves investments in city infrastructure, from buildings to computers to sidewalks.

Mayor Nutter promised last year that he would invest up front, and doubled the city's 2008 contribution to more than $120 million in 2009. Even in the sour economy, the city would contribute nearly $77 million in 2010 under the mayor's proposal, funded primarily by bonds.

With state and federal funding, the list of projects is about $2.5 billion, including the $500 million airport expansion, $16 million in improvments along  the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and $9.3 million to improve rec centers, to name a few.