The four candidates for Philadelphia City Controller met in a debate last night at the National Constitution Center.
The four candidates for Philadelphia City Controller met in a debate last night at the National Constitution Center. The chief topic was how the watchdog position can save money in these tough economic times.
Incumbent Alan Butkovitz met up with Democratic challengers Brett Mandel and John Braxton, as well as Republican candidate Al Schmidt. They talked about how a controller who isn’t afraid of sacred cows can find much needed money at a time when the city faces tax increases.
Mandel and Butkovitz squabbled over how quickly audits can be completed.
Mandel: The controller’s office has completed not one departmental audit for fiscal year 2008, only a handful for 2007.
Butkovitz: What Brett hadn’t told you that when he worked at the controller’s office he was on the same schedule. I’m going to have to take some time.
Mandel: This is why we have to hire me as the boss so I can take over and do it right.
Braxton called for an end to the 10 year real estate tax abatement, calling it a luxury. Schmidt says he wants to audit the abatement and DROP retirement program to see if they are saving money, or costing the city.