Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Council frustration with Nutter boiling over in budget hearings

City Council members are really letting senior members of the Nutter administration have it at today's budget hearing. Most of the complaints are about the budget, but not all. Councilman Darrell Clarke just let loose a broadside at Deputy Mayor Andy Altman, complaining that the mayor's plans to reduce hurdles to development are all talk and no action. Before that, Councilman Bill Green had a tart exchange with Finance Director Rob Dubow over the administration's contention that Harrisburg will punish the city if it raises the wage tax. Green is not buying that line at all.

Council frustration with Nutter boiling over in budget hearings

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City Council members are really letting senior members of the Nutter administration have it at today's budget hearing. Most of the complaints are about the budget, but not all. Councilman Darrell Clarke just let loose a broadside at Deputy Mayor Andy Altman, complaining that the mayor's plans to reduce hurdles to development are all talk and no action. Before that, Councilman Bill Green had a tart exchange with Finance Director Rob Dubow over the administration's contention that Harrisburg will punish the city if it raises the wage tax. Green is not buying that line at all.

Lots of questions about property taxes. Lots of distrust. The whole thing is tense and quite contentious. It's hard to see at the moment where Nutter will get the votes to pass his budget.

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