The Mayor’s proposed budget of approximately $3.75 billion includes smart investments in services to citizens, provides support for city employees and improves the city’s vital infrastructure.
Some of the Mayor’s FY14 spending proposals include:
- $5 million over two years to modernize Free Library of Philadelphia branches, and an additional $1 million to expand branch library hours to benefit young people, job seekers and seniors, including the LEAP after-school program.
- Investing $624,000 in KeySPOT public computer centers to continue offering internet education classes and computer tutorials to Philadelphians.
- $1 million for the Community College of Philadelphia to help off-set rising tuition costs.
- Additional funding to complement FY13 funds to allow for the hiring of 30 new Department of Public Property employees to revitalize police and fire stations, and perform other building maintenance, and deploying 40 Philadelphia Parks & Recreation employees to the facility maintenance team to maintain pools, parks, playgrounds and recreation buildings.
- $2.1 million for improvements to fire houses, and $4.7 million for new self-contained breathing apparatus, air bottles and 35 new ‘Jaws of Life’ equipment.