Neighborhood Networks and the Coalition for Essential Services will sponsor a
TOWN MEETING ON CITY BUDGET SOLUTIONS
Thursday, March 12th, 6:30PM,
at Arch Street Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad, 19107
to find ways to save Philadelphia City Services.
Sharon Ward, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, will speak about the state and city budgets and where tax revenues currently come from. She will discuss specific solutions for increasing revenues. Time will be allotted after the presentation for attendees to form into smaller groups by Council districts to organize for a grassroots initiative to fully fund essential services and to promote a fair system of taxation.
There has been a lot of talk about cutting services, by closing library branches and pools for instance, or raising additional revenues with new city fees, such as a fee on garbage collection.The Coalition for Essential Services contends that “Essential Services are Essential”. In the community budget meetings conducted by University of Pennsylvania, many creative solutions were offered to provide complete funding for city services, and surprisingly, citizens often said they would prefer to pay more in taxes, rather than see services cut even closer to the bone than they already are.
The Coalition for Essential Services includes Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, Coalition to Save the Libraries, AFSCME District Councils 47 and 33, One Philadelphia, SEIU- Local 32BJ, Vote for Homes! Coalition, Media Mobilizing Project, Philadelphia NOW, Asian Americans United, Fire Fighters Union Local 22, Lutheran Settlement house, Philadelphia Student Union, ACORN, Kingsessing 5th Div. Community of Neighbors, Casino-Free Philadelphia, Kensington Welfare Rights Union, Philadelphia Legal Services Union, Tenant Union Representative Network, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, Support Center for Prison Advocacy, Community Advisory Boards for Health Center 3 and Health Center 4, Jobs with Justice, Coalition Against Hunger, Health Care for American NOW, Penn Action, Green Party of Philadelphia, The Northwest Fund, Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Southwest Action Coalition, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Act-Up Philadelphia.