Nutter lays out new budget

February 14, 2008 5:13:23 PM PST
New Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has proposed a nearly $4 billion budget to City Council.

The plan would give the police department an additional $78 million over the next five years. The goal is to put 400 more patrol officers on the street by the summer of 2009.

Nutter also wants to borrow $4.5 billion to prop up the city's pension fund.

He also seeks to increase the budget for city parks and requested funds for a weekly recycling program and a 311 call center to handle non-emergency resident requests.

Nutter presented his budget Thursday. City Council will now hold hearings on the proposal; a final budget must be approved by May 31.