Thursday, May 22, 2014

Councilman David Oh Proposes Amendment to the Mayor’s Operating Budget to make additional funds available for the School District.



PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL
             OFFICE OF
COUNCILMAN AT-LARGE
             DAVID OH
Press Release
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chris Pienkowski, (215) 686-3452 or chris.pienkowski@phila.gov
Councilman David Oh Proposes Amendment to the Mayor’s Operating Budget to make additional funds available for the School District.
Philadelphia, Pa – City Councilman David Oh is proposing an amendment to the city’s operating budget of $74,160,136. For the second year in a row, Councilman Oh has analyzed the Mayor’s proposed budget to find patterns where money was allocated in excess of the needs of various departments.
“Last year, my staff and I found $48 million that I proposed could be used to offset the millage rate of real estate taxes” said Councilman Oh. “This year we were able to go through a similar analysis to find $74 million that could be used for other things such infusing the school district with much needed funding.”
The amendment to the operating budget will be offered during the Committee of the Whole as Council deliberates the passage of next year’s budget.
“I want to offer this as an option for my colleagues to consider” according to Oh. “It is completely feasible to remove the $74 million as it is currently proposed and apply that money in ways that are more impactful for Philadelphia. By reallocating this money we also protect Philadelphians from a possible tax increase if the proposed state funding does not come through.”
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J. Christopher Pienkowski
Director of Legislation and Communications
Office of City Councilman At-Large David Oh
City Hall, Room 319
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Office Phone: 215.686.3452
Direct Line:      215.686.1944
Fax:                    215.686.1925
Email:                chris.pienkowski@phila.gov

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