No vote on city budget legislation until September 8th

Pa. House Speaker Keith McCall

Earlier this week, House Bill 1828 - the legislation that the city needs to avoid drastic budget cuts - was amended by the state Senate. So it went back to the state House of Representatives, where it needs another vote.

A spokesman for Mayor Nutter said yesterday that leaders in the House assured him that the vote would be Sept. 8.

"It's cutting it to the wire, but they've committed that Sept. 8 is our date," Doug Oliver said.

The legislation would allow the city to raise the sales tax temporarily and to defer some pension payments.

The revised bill also includes amendments that would set new standards for municipal pensions around the state, as well as require Philadelphia to freeze the pension plan and create a lower-cost plan for new city employees, which would have to be negotiated with municipal unions.

Nutter has asked the House to pass HB 1828 without amending it so that it be submitted for Gov. Rendell's signature.

Six Council members are slated to collect DROP payments over the next three years and one, Councilwoman Joan Krajewski, has already collected hers.