City Council Budget hearings begin in Philadelphia with Clarke calling for consolidation

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 Philadelphia Council President, Darrell Clarke (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia Council President, Darrell Clarke (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke is calling for consolidating city and school services more to save money.  He made the remarks as council began its annual hearings on the mayor’s proposed budget.

“We will continue to support the school district with additional revenue we will go through this process and determine what that revenue is at some point and the level of that revenue,” he sadi.

Clarke says one school in Roxborough is only 75 percent occupied, so putting city offices there would be more efficient, for example.

“it makes all the sense of the world for Councilman Jones to have a constituent services office in a school providing services from the schools which are a focal point in those neighborhoods,” he said.

Budget hearings are expected to run for the next two months.

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