HOW ABOUT a resignation party for the six City Council members who have enrolled in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, aka Taxpayer-Provided Powerball?
The six-pack are President Anna Verna (she'll get $584,777 from DROP), Majority Leader Marian Tasco ($478,057), Frank DiCicco ($424,646), Donna Reed Miller ($195,782) and Republicans Jack Kelly ($405,438) and Frank Rizzo ($194,517).
They signed up for DROP and, since the Pension Code requires enrollees to "make an irrevocable commitment to separate from city service," they're leaving, right?
Well, they may need a friendly nudge because rules don't always apply to politically connected Philadelphians. Former Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson ($389,000 from DROP), was "rehired" by Mayor John Street after "retiring" for an instant, followed by Councilwoman Joan Krajewski ($288,136) and City Commissioner Marge Tartaglione ($308,625), who engineered sham "retirements" before resuming their jobs - and salaries. Also swiftly "rehired" were the Board of Ethics' general counsel, Evan Meyer ($183,000), and the Philadelphia Parking Authority's deputy executive director, Linda Miller ($250,768). Everyone was shaking the money tree. Have times changed?