CITY COUNCIL REACHES AGREEMENT ON THE FISCAL YEAR 2025 CITY BUDGET, LOCAL COUNCIL MEMBER WINS BIG FOR SOUTHWEST

Photo Credit: Chris Mansfield / City Council
Photo Credit: Chris Mansfield / City Council

On June 14th, Mayor Parker signed the FY25 City budget into law. The budget, which received unanimous approval from City Council, makes significant investments in critical programs and services while maintaining the City’s long-term fiscal health and advancing equitable outcomes for all Philadelphians. In total, the operating budget is $6.37 billion, and the capital budget is $5.46 billion.

Councilmember Jamie Gauthier (3rd District) obtained nearly $60 million above Mayor Parker’s proposal for our community. “I proudly voted in support of a budget that puts City Hall to work for West and Southwest Philly,” said Councilmember Gauthier. 

Councilmember Gauthier teamed up with Minority Leader Kendra Brooks (At-Large), Councilmember Rue Landau (At-Large), and Minority Whip Nicolas O’Rourke (At-Large) to secure $14 million to build 70 new permanently affordable homes at the site of the former University City Townhomes, $19 million above the Mayor’s proposal for rental assistance, and $5 million more for home repairs.

City Council also raised the Homestead Exemption to $100,000, froze property taxes for low-income homeowners, brought the total amount of violence prevention grant funding up to $29 million, invested in our city’s tree canopies, and much more.

The FY25 budget includes much of Mayor Parker’s budget proposal, including $129 million in additional local tax revenue for public schools, $100 million over five years for housing programs, and $214 million over five years for new “Clean & Green” programs. 

Councilmember Gauthier remarked, “Through #JustServicesPHL, I have spent the past three budget cycles fighting for a significant investment in quality-of-life services like cleaning and greening. That’s why I could not be more excited that we have a mayor who recognizes the power of high-quality basic municipal services! I am glad that under Mayor Parker’s leadership, this budget boldly improves the City services that keep our neighborhoods safe, clean, and healthy!”

The City’s FY25 budget went into effect on July 1st.

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