Sunday, December 21, 2014

The skinny on the city's public safety spending

Today, City Council held a hearing on the budgets of some of the biggest (and most high-profile) departments in the city: police, prisons and fire.

The skinny on the city's public safety spending

Today, City Council held a hearing on the budgets of some of the biggest (and most high-profile) departments in the city: police, prisons and fire.

From 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., Council is scheduled to take public testimony, which means that citizens can sound off on the budget at City Hall.

For those of you who are thinking about having your say about the public safety budgets discussed today, we whipped up a few basic graphs detailing that spending. 

Mayor Nutter wants to increase funding for the police and prisons department next fiscal year, by $6 million and $2 million, respectively, as compared to the current adopted budget. Nutter's budget would cut funding for the fire department slightly, by $726,700.

It's also useful to know that the city has traditionally spent a huge chunk of its budget on the police, prisons and fire departments. The budgets for those three departments will make up 28 percent of all the city's general fund spending this fiscal year, according to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.

Check back later for more colorful graphs on the city's budget.

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Every year, city government spends slightly more than $4 billion. Where does all that money come from? More importantly, where does it go? Are we getting the most bang for our tax buck? “It's Our Money” is a joint project between Philadelphia Daily News and WHYY, funded by the William Penn Foundation, designed to answer these questions.

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