Today, Council blew its May 31 deadline to pass a budget.
“We’re not ready,” said Council President Darrell Clarke. “It’s more important to get a budget that reflects the needs of the citizens of the city of Philadelphia, of the School District of Philadelphia, as opposed to a deadline that was established in probably 1954.”
Council must pass a budget by May 31, according to the City Charter. Council also missed this deadline last year. But the drop-dead deadline is June 30. If a budget isn’t passed by then, parts of city government would need to be shut down.
Clarke said that Council will “absolutely” agree on a budget by June 30. He stressed that this was one of the most difficult budgets he’s wrestled with as a lawmaker, and that the city still needs Harrisburg to pass related legislation.