Philadelphia budget on hold

Philadelphia’s City Budget remains in legislative limbo.

 What was to have been the final budget hearing Wednesday has been postponed until Tuesday. But even then, City Council may not have decided to pass Mayor Michael Nutter’s plan to reassess all properties in the city to reflect current market values.  

Councilman William Greenlee says members of council cannot settle on how to deal with the plan called AVI or Actual Value Initiative.

“There’s disagreements, obviously some people who feel it’s not time to do AVI at all now, a few people feel we really have to do it now,” Greenlee said Wednesday. “And then there’s folks in the middle who still need some answers and are not sure.” 

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson says he’s worried about the people he represents.

“Right now, my primary concern is really taking a look at what the proposals are, and how they are going to have an impact on my district and my constituents as a whole,” Johnson said.

Councilman Bill Green says he’s just not ready to vote on the plan.

“My mother always said not to jump in the water without seeing the bottom and, at the moment, that’s where we are,” he said.

While technically the budget is supposed to be done this month, the Nutter administration says it won’t have serious problems as long as the budget is complete by June 30.

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