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Councilman David Oh introduces Philly budget amendments to save $48m

City Councilman David Oh plans to introduce amendments to Philadelphia's operating budget he says will save the city $48 million.

City Council Philadelphia (Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro)

City Councilman David Oh plans to during Wednesday's Committee of the Whole meeting introduce amendments to Mayor Michael Nutter's proposed operating budget that he says will capture $48 million in savings.

"Over the past several months, my office has analyzed the budgets from each of the four previous fiscal years to identify patterns where less money was spent than budgeted, leaving available moneys that were later transferred in those years," Oh said in a statement.

"Through our analysis, we have come up with $48 million in savings to the taxpayers, which could further reduce the proposed real estate tax rate. In a transitional year where Philadelphia is moving to a new system of assessing and taxing real estate, it is even more important that we look very closely at our budget to ease this process for our citizens."

Oh's office found 17 city departments were consistently spending less monies than the amount budgeted to them.

Those include the Office of Innovation and Technology, the Mayor's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, the Offices of Human Resources and Property Assessment, the Managing Director's Office, the Commerce Director's Office and the Departments of Public Health, Public Property, Human Services, Records and Revenue.

Oh said his office identified the average amount of money budgeted for those departments that has historically been transferred for other uses as the basis for his reductions.

"The reductions that we have identified appear to be above and beyond what these departments use and they do not represent any cuts in city services," Oh said.

"I believe this money will be better spent by individual tax payers.”

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