Legislation to advocate for local control of PPA in response to the audit findings by Pennsylvania State Auditor General DePasquale.

https://www.phillyvoice.com/will-audit-findings-spark-philly-takeover-ppa/

Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez

Councilmember Oh
RESOLUTION
Requesting the Mayor of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and the
Governor of Pennsylvania to act to restore control over the Philadelphia Parking
Authority and its revenues to the City of Philadelphia.
WHEREAS, On November 16, 2017, the School Reform Commission voted to
recommend its own dissolution to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education. The SRC is
expected to cease existence on June 30, 2018, restoring control over the School District
of Philadelphia to a locally-appointed Board of Education. This means that the City will
need to find additional revenues to fund the School District, which is expected to have
large budget deficits in coming years; and
WHEREAS, The School Reform Commission was established in 2001, the same year
that the Pennsylvania General Assembly adopted Act 22, which transferred control over
the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) from the City to the state. No City parking
issue or problem precipitated this change. Rather, in City of Philadelphia vs. Schweiker,
the Commonwealth and PPA claimed that the state’s interest in enacting Act 22 was to
provide adequate funds to the School District of Philadelphia; and
WHEREAS, Through the General Assembly, the PPA has obtained additional duties
within Philadelphia since 2001 and has generated funds which are not known to City
officials. These funds are collected by the PPA and placed in non-City accounts for use
outside the City. To date in Fiscal Year 2018, the PPA has transferred $5,345,925 of Red
Light Photo Enforcement Program revenues collected in Philadelphia alone to the
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Motor License Fund; and
WHEREAS, The PPA has never come close to giving the maximum of $45 million
annually to the Philadelphia School District as provided in Act 22. Had they done so, the
District would have received $675 million over 15 years; and

WHEREAS, The Philadelphia Parking Authority is not accountable to the City of
Philadelphia. It has a direct relationship with the General Assembly; and
WHEREAS, The state has not adequately funded the School District of Philadelphia via
the PPA or otherwise. As a result, the City has significantly raised property taxes,
increased the School District’s percentage of Use and Occupancy Tax, and implemented
a state-authorized cigarette tax. These increases have not provided the needed funds; and
WHEREAS, As the state’s takeover of the School District and the PPA occurred within
the same period, so should the restoration of local control over both institutions to the
City of Philadelphia. As the City restores local control over its School District, it is also
time for the City to work with the General Assembly and the Governor to work out an
agreement to restore control over the PPA and its revenues to the City. The City should
not increase taxes to fund the School District before it has full control and discretion over
the revenues generated by the PPA; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That we
hereby request the Mayor of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and the
Governor of Pennsylvania to act to restore control over the Philadelphia Parking
Authority and its revenues to the City of Philadelphia