WHEN MAYOR NUTTER presented his $3.75 billion budget proposal two weeks ago, it did not include additional money for the cash-poor school district.
But elected officials knew the request was coming.
School officials had already voted to close 23 schools and asked the union for $133 million annually in givebacks. Finally, on Thursday, School Reform Commission members said they would ask the city for $60 million and the state for $120 million to help close a $304 million gap.
That request is complicated by the city's move to Nutter's property-tax reform system, the Actual Value Initiative. City Council members want the lowest possible tax rate while easing the blow to homeowners whose taxes will rise under AVI.