Mayor Nutter's administration has set aside $31 million for a resolution of the firefighters' contract dispute. Rikard Larma/METRO Mayor Nutter's administration has set aside $31 million for a resolution of the firefighters' contract dispute. Rikard Larma/METRO

Mayor Michael Nutter will reportedly set aside $31 million toward a resolution in a long-standing dispute with Philadelphia firefighters.

With tax revenue up about $40 million, the Nutter administration would use the money toward whatever comes of the contract impasse between the city and firefighters' union, CBS3 Philly reports.

Nutter contends the city cannot afford to pay firefighters the raises they were awarded in a 2009 arbitration ruling.

 

A spokesman for the Nutter administration told CBS Philly the mayor's appeal of the arbitration ruling is "still in play" despite the move to put money aside.

The move comes one day after city firefighters voted out Bill Gault, a vocal critic of Nutter, as union president. The Nutter administration's budget move is "a starting point for a fresh negotiation," aunion spokesman told CBS Philly

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