Philadelphia City Council says Nutter doesn’t have votes to end DROP

Legislation to reform the Deferred Retirement Option Program, better known as DROP is expected to be introduced Thursday in Philadelphia City Council.

The bill is designed to overhaul the early retirement incentive which has cost the city millions of dollars. Council President Anna Verna says she’s not sure if the extra costs can be eliminated.

“I think it will make it better it will give us some options, but I’m not sure it will be cost neutral,” said Verna.

Mayor Nutter wants to end DROP entirely. Councilman Darrell Clarke there isn’t support on council to do that.

“I can say there are not enough votes to end it at this point, so given the task come up with a cost neutral proposal I think we are there,” said Clarke.

Clarke says Council President Anna Verna wants the bill passed before council goes on summer recess on June 16.

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