City Council’s Public Hearings on the budget begin the week of May 18th. The hearings will be held remotely using Microsoft Teams. There will be no Council hearing specifically on the elimination of OACCE because the budget is under $5 million. There are two dates for the public to provide testimony on any part of the revised City budget and this is the only time that City Council will be able to hear voices from the cultural community. If you are able and willing, sign up to testify.
Wednesday, May 27th, 3 – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 9th, 3 – 5 p.m.
One must register to provide Public Testimony. See the agenda for details at https://phila.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.
Speakers interested in providing public comment must call 215-686-3407, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 p.m. on the day before that Council session and submit the following information:
• Full name
• Call-back telephone number where you can be reached
• Identify the bill number or resolution number that will be addressed: Ordinance #200287 (Ordinance to adopt FY21 budget), and Resolution #200307 (Resolution to accept changes in FY20 and 21 budgets).
• State whether your comments are for, or against, that particular bill or resolution.
Speakers who submitted the above information within the required time frame will be telephoned during the council session and invited to the remote hearing. They will be given additional instructions by the Committee Chair once they are connected. They will be given up to three minutes to speak; the Council President, however, reserves the right based on circumstances to establish a different time limit. The Council President may also limit repetitious comments or limit the scope of testimony to only certain items on the agenda, which could affect callbacks for public comment at the meeting.