What's Happening in Philadelphia City Council: Week of March 12 - March 16

Mayor Nutter delivered his annual budget address on Thursday, March 8, outlining his proposed pending plan in Fiscal Year 2013. City Council now begins its series of budget hearings for each city department. City Council will hold a full session on Thursday, March 15, at 10:00 a.m. in City Hall Room 400.

FY2013 Budget Hearings

City Council will open budget hearings for each city department on March 14 with a first-ever neighborhood budget hearing to take place in Southwest Philadelphia at St. John’s AME Church on 71st Street at 6:00 p.m.

View Council’s complete budget hearing schedule here

Mayor’s Budget Address

Mayor Nutter delivered his proposed Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) Budget and Fiscal Year 2013 – 2017 Five Year Plan in the annual budget address to City Council.

Click here for full text of Mayor Nutter's remarks

Meetings and Hearings this week

Full Legislative Session, Thursday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. in City Hall Room 400.

The Education Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m., to discuss the Philadelphia School District’s zero tolerance discipline policy and the impact of changes in schools on surrounding neighborhoods.

The Rules Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 13 at 10:00 a.m., to hear testimony on Bill 120020, which proposes creating the North Board Neighborhood Improvement District in North Philadelphia, which would require district residents pay fees in exchange for enhanced city services.

The Finance Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 13 at 12:00 a.m., to hear testimony on Bill No. 120007, which exempts from in the city tax code for certain types of investment companies, and Bill No. 120104 and Bill No. 120105 which concern the finances of Philadelphia Gas Works.

Consult City Council's calendar for complete listings

New legislation in Council this week

To search City Council legislation, visit

Council introduced legislation to enact the FY2013 Operating Budget (Bill No. 120166), FY2013 Capital Budget (Bill No. 120165), FY2013 – 2017 Five Year Plan (Bill No. 120167) and FY2013 – 2018 Capital Program Budget (Bill No. 120164).

Bill No. 120177 proposes casting a ballot question on whether or not to create an independent agency with authority to set water and sewer rates.

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