City Council's version of budget gets lukewarm response from administration

Pat Loeb
June 07, 2018 - 2:01 pm
City Council President Darrell Clarke and other council members announce an audit of the city's tax assessment agency.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Kenney administration is giving mixed reviews to Philadelphia City Council's version of the city budget. 

Council gave preliminary approval this week to a spending plan the includes some of the mayor's proposals — but not the real estate tax increase he requested. 

City finance officials said they're grateful to council for passing the biggest chunk of new funding for the school district — a slowdown in the wage tax reductions that will yield $340 million.

But Finance Director Rob Dubow said the rest of council's package — cuts to the prison budget and increased delinquent tax collections — is too speculative to provide the long-term fiscal stability for the school district the mayor was hoping for.

"That issue really hasn't been resolved, and so at some point we're going to have to come back to that issue," he said.

In another development, City Council President Darrell Clarke said one reason council rejected the tax rate increase was an increase in tax assessments, which left many homeowners feeling their taxes had already been raised. 

He announced council has hired an auditor to see if mistakes were made.

"We clearly do not want to move forward with processes and with numbers that are flawed," he added.