New Police Contract Creates $70 Million Budget Hole

Mayor says he will try to avoid cuts to other services.

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One thing about the big raise an arbitrator granted to Philly Police last week: City Hall hadn’t really budgeted for it.

The raise — officers get hikes of at least three percent each of the three years of the contract — will cost $70 million. Now Mayor Michael Nutter must find money for that extra expense in his five-year budget. He says he’ll try to avoid cuts in other services while doing so.




“Our goal — certainly after spending a lot of time in the tail of end of ’08, all of ’09 and all of ’10 and part of ’11, making cuts and doing any number of different things, we will do everything we possibly can to avoid service impacts on the citizens of this city," Nutter told CBS Philly.  They have endured a lot. We’ve asked a lot.”

Other options: Increase taxes or fees — or use the power of accounting to find smaller savings in city programs without impacting service levels.  In any case, Nutter has 20 days to make revisions before presenting the amended budget to the state agency that oversees city finances. [CBS Philly]

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  • TheHeavy

    How did the city not budget for the increase they knew they would have to pay? Why is this such a surprise? They haven’t given raises to the civilian workforce for over 5 years, alot of people are paying much, much more re AVI and other tax real estate initiatives, etc. Where is that money? Some of us are just barely making it financially but carry the burden for so many others, and there’s no end in sight.

  • Chuck Schwinger

    9% over 3 years? in exchange, the city gets to attempt to slow down how much cops will be permitted to steal from those they are ” protecting and serving”

  • Enuf already

    Lord Chuck that’s not the point, get off the band wagon. Its all about fiscal responsibility, where are the millions of OUR, the taxpayers money, the waste, overspending, theft, fraud and mismanagement and incompetence of our “leaders”. WE THE PEOPLE need to quite letting government divide and conquer us; its an age old battle tactic proven most effective. Entitlements aren’t free, the taxpayers are paying for them and we and our families are suffering for it. Everyone needs to take a good look at their paycheck and see the taxes taken out, add to that real estate taxes all other taxes we’re it, and increases in utilities, supermarkets etc. because we’re paying for those who don’t, won’t — how much of what we work hard for is going or taxes. Its time to take a stand on all fronts.