Compromise sought on city parade bills

    The meeting comes days after a new non-profit announced it would help parades foot those bills.

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has vetoed a bill that would have standardized costs charged by the city to parades and festivals. Today all sides will sit down and talk about a compromise. The meeting comes days after a new non-profit announced it would help parades foot those bills.

    The legislation was designed to give relief to parades and festivals that were struggling to survive now that they are responsible for paying city parade costs, ranging from police to sanitation to staging.

    Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez says she is trying to work out a deal.

    “I think that we have progressed in some of our discussions,” says  Sánchez. “I think that the administration has moved from its original position of a dollar for dollar cost to the parade organizers.”

    Councilwoman Sánchez says they’re discussing splitting expenses three ways among the parade organizers, a newly formed non-profit created by Congressman Bob Brady and the city. She says if the meeting with the mayor does not come up with a compromise, she’s ready to override the mayor’s veto.

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