Nutter, who often notes that the city in recent budgets has increased its aid to the financially strapped school district by $155 million per year, is not expected to propose new ways to help fund the schools from city coffers.
The mayor has been calling on state lawmakers to approve a city-only tax on cigarettes that passed Council 16-0 last year. The measure could produce more than $80 million for the district but faces staunch opposition from the state House GOP majority.
He also wants Harrisburg to amend authorizing legislation for an extension of a 1 percentage-point sales-tax increase (to 8 percent) that could provide $70 million each for the school district and pension fund.
If more vacated school buildings aren't sold, the city may need to pay the district up to $36 million this year to fulfill a pledge Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke made in the fall.
Although overall tax revenues are on pace to exceed expectations, there isn't much more wiggle room in next year's budget, thanks to new costs.
The most recent Quarterly City Manager's Report, which covered a period ending Dec. 31, projected the end-of-year fund balance to be $101.5 million - $12.7 million below target.
That was before Nutter and the white-collar municipal union settled a four-year contract dispute with an agreement projected to cost $122 million over five years.
The administration this year also gave up its appeal of a firefighters union arbitration award.
The severe winter weather is also making a dent in the budget.
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