Council miffed over plans to drop them from DROP

    By: Tom MacDonald

    Members of Philadelphia City Council are up in arms over a move by Mayor Nutter to end a retirement incentive payment program. WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports some are eligible for a half million dollars or more through the DROP program, which takes up to four years of pension payments and gives it to workers in a lump sum on the day they retire.

    By: Tom MacDonald
    tmacdonald@whyy.org

    Members of Philadelphia City Council are up in arms over a move by Mayor Nutter to end a retirement incentive payment program. WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports some are eligible for a half million dollars or more through the DROP program, which takes up to four years of pension payments and gives it to workers in a lump sum on the day they retire.
    Caption: Councilman Bill Green (left) and Councilwoman Marian Tasco (right)
    Transcript:
    Past elected officials have retired for a day, taken their payments, and resumed their political careers. Councilwoman Marian Tasco says Council Members are city workers, and a bill to stop elected officials from taking advantage of the program is wrong.

    Tasco: “If they can provide a definitive argument as to why we shouldn’t be in the DROP program we are willing to listen.”

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    Council President Anna Verna says she has worked for the city for 51 years and is entitled to her over half-million dollar drop check.

    Verna: “I’ve been paying for all that time so I feel that I’m entitled to it just like every other employee.”

    Councilman Bill Green proposed a similar bill shortly after taking office.

    Green: “The Mayor knows that the bill isn’t going to go anywhere and the question I have is why would he choose to introduce it at this time.”

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