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Philly Mayor Cherelle Parker’s $6.37 billion budget – in numbers

Mayor Cherelle Parker’s first budget bonus is now over.

Parker and the City Council reached an initial agreement on a $6.37 billion budget early Thursday morning, approving substantial investments in quality of life and public safety initiatives — two of Parker’s campaign priorities.

As first-term mayor, Parker’s approach to the budget process was more targeted than ambitious, with no tax increases and a commitment to the issues that helped her rise to power. Parker said many of her priorities aligned with those of council members and Council President Kenyatta Johnson, who also chaired budget negotiations for the first time in leadership.

Johnson said that given the overlapping priorities, “it’s just going to sit down and make sure that my members’ priorities have a chance to be part of this budget process.”

Parker thanked the city in a statement and promised that “residents will be able to see, touch and feel the positive impact of this budget in their neighborhoods.”

After final approval, the budget will come into effect on July 1. Here are some key figures:

Income tax rate of 3.75% for Philadelphia residents, part of the flat tax rate agreement for both payroll and business taxes

56% millage share for Philadelphia school district, up from 55%

$250 million for a city-wide paving strategy

$100 million in capital financing for the construction of a drug treatment facility in Northeast Philadelphia

$100 million more than five years for the Philadelphia Taking Care of Business commercial hallway cleaning program

$40 million increasing the capital budget, including additional spending on recreation centers and libraries

$36 million for ‘clean and green’ initiatives, including the fight against illegal dumping

$28 million in anti-violence subsidies

$19 million for rental assistance

$14 million for the reconstruction of affordable urban housing in the university city

$10 million to support workforce development and employer partnerships

$5 million for the Philadelphia Energy Authority’s Built to Last program

$750,000 for confused title support at the register of wills

$20,000 increase in the farm exemption for owner-occupied homes

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