Why does funding for Parks & Recreation matter?

How can you make your voice heard at the City’s Community Budget Forums?
See details below about how to participate on February 12, 18, 19 & 23, from 7 to 9:30 PM; Registration begins at 6:00 PM …

Philadelphia’s Five Year Budget Shortfall

On January 15, 2009, Mayor Nutter announced that due to the global economic crisis, Philadelphia is facing a second budget deficit of $1 billion over five years. The Mayor explained that balancing the five year budget as required by PICA, the state oversight board, will require a second round of cuts to be made throughout city government.

The Administration has instructed every City Department to develop budget cutting scenarios of 10%, 20% and 30%. This, on top of the deep cuts already suffered in the fall. Mayor Nutter says “everything is on the table”.

Tough Times, Tough Choices Forums

The following forums are being facilitated by the University of Pennsylvania’s Project for Civic Engagement in partnership with the City of Philadelphia. Participants will review and discuss budget options and will be asked what city services are most important to them and what should be cut.

Registration at 6pm.
(Limited Seating Available)
Sessions from 7:00 to 9:30pm

Thursday, Feb. 12: St. Dominic’s School 8510 Frankford Ave. (Northeast)

Wednesday, Feb.18: Mastery Charter School, Pickett Campus, 5700 Wayne Avenue (Germantown)

Thursday, Feb 19: St. Monica’s Catholic School, 16th & Porter Streets (South Philadelphia)

Monday, Feb. 23: Pinn Memorial Baptist Church, 2251 N. 54th Street (West Philadelphia)

(Keep in mind that due to the global, federal and local economic crisis, Fairmount Park and Department of Recreation budgets were cut by 20% in November 2008.)

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