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Mayor Proposes Sane and Humane Budget. City Council Does What?
We will have more on the budget tomorrow. But for now, even while acknowledging that the sales tax is regressive, this is pretty good news, to put it mildly (from a City Hall press release):
“Throughout this budget process the citizens have spoken loud and clear – you want us to do our best to protect the most vulnerable among us,” said Mayor Nutter. “My budget will do just that.”
Mayor Nutter announced that his proposed budget will include no reductions in funding for the Free Library, no reduction in programming for the Recreation Department, no cuts in emergency or transitional housing for the homeless, and no closures of community health centers.
- All libraries will remain open
- All recreation facilities will remain open with no reduction in operating hours
- All eight community health centers will remain open
- All 3,390 after school slots will be retained (subject to the after school funding in the final State budget)
- All services for abused and neglected children – and children at risk of entry into the child welfare and juvenile justice systems will be preserved
- All emergency and transitional housing beds will be maintained and the City’s commitment to the Mayor’s Homeless Strategy, providing 700 additional slots for the homeless, will continue
Mayor Nutter also announced that – due to increased City support and the support of the Splash Fund - 46 outdoor pools will be open this summer - a commitment of 36 more pools than were included in the November Rebalancing Plan. In addition we will open 4 indoor pools, not the 2 originally planned.
The library disaster has ended. The Rec Centers will be staying open. And a lot of city pools will be opening, too. And plans to alleviate homelessness continue. (The only obvious stick in this is a plan to make people pay fees at health centers, which could result in less people getting health care. I would to hear more about what exactly the City is planning there.)
I want to talk more about the mix of taxes we choose, too. But, let's be clear: Generally, the Mayor is choosing sanity and humanity. If City Council wants to figure out alternative revenue streams, as I really hope they do, that is their prerogative. But, this is a really good baseline to start from: protect essential services.