Public Hearings Scheduled for Philly Budget Plan

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    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter unveiled his propsed budget for the Fiscal Year 2014 Thursday, March 14, 2013.

    Philadelphia residents will get the chance to learn more about Mayor Michael Nutter’s 2015 budget plan during several public hearings taking place in April and May.

    “The Neighborhood Budget Hearings are held for the convenience of Philadelphia residents who work and live outside of Center City,” Council President Darrell L. Clarke said. “This is the third consecutive year City Council has held Neighborhood Budget Hearings, and it is my hope that the public gets even more engaged in the budget process this year.”

    The first neighborhood budget hearing will be held on April 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Oak Lane Charter School on 7115 Stenton Avenue.

    “Bringing the hearing to the people in their own neighborhoods in addition to City Hall provides convenience for constituents and increased opportunities to hear from residents we might otherwise not hear from," Councilwoman Marian Tasco (9th District) said. "This forum increases opportunities to apply diverse thinking and fresh ideas to the budget process, and creates yet another platform for residents to voice their concerns."

    The second neighborhood budget hearing will be held on May 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lutheran Theological Seminary on 7301 Germantown Avenue.

    “I encourage residents of the 8th District and beyond to seize this opportunity to tell us what they think the City of Philadelphia’s priorities should be,” Councilwoman Cindy Bass (8th District) said. “We welcome and need the input of our neighbors to craft a budget that truly helps move our City forward.”

    The public will also be able to give public testimonies on the budget on April 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 400 of City Hall.

    Finally, a public hearing on the proposed budget for the Philadelphia School District will be held on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 400 of City Hall.

    You may call 215-686-3407, email or visit the Budget Center website for more information.