The Mayor’s proposed budget of approximately $4.5 billion includes smart investments in services to citizens, provides support for city employees and improves the city’s vital infrastructure. The Mayor has also committed to $131.5 million in City-supported Capital investments, the highest level of capital funding since FY02.
Some of the Mayor’s FY15 spending proposals include:
- $2.5 million for the Free Library of Philadelphia to provide 6-day service at all branches throughout the City. Currently most neighborhood branches only offer 5-day service.
- $2.0 million for the Office of Fleet Management to replace aged vehicles in the Police Department and other operating departments, and $10 million to purchase large vehicles such as medic units, pumpers and compactors.
- $2.0 million for the Department of Licenses and Inspections to hire 31 additional inspectors and supportive staff to strengthen demolition controls to ensure safe public and private demolitions.
- $3.3 million for Office of Innovation and Technology to fund costs associated with significant technology upgrades occurring at the City and to fund the one-time $1.5 million Data Center upgrade.
- $1.9 million for the Office of Property Assessment to fully maintain the property assessment function.
- $500,000 for Community College of Philadelphia to help offset tuition increases.
- $500,000 to Parks and Recreation to fund expanded programs at recreation centers.
- $500,000 to the newly created Land Bank for one-time start up costs.
- $500,000 to the Mann Music Center to fund continued operations at this important cultural institution.