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What Questions Will be on the Ballot?

See what questions people will be voting on come Tuesday.

Besides which national and local candidates Northwest residents want to support in the voting booth, residents in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy will be allowed to vote on a series of proposed amendments to state law.

The following questions will appear on ballots Tuesday, according to the Committee of Seventy. If you have and questions about what these proposed amendments mean, follow this link for that site's explanation.

  1. Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to allow for the establishment of an independent rate-making body for fixing and regulating water and sewer rates and charges and to prescribe open and transparent processes and procedures for fixing and regulating said rates and charges?
  2. Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to authorize the creation by ordinance of requirements for additional information to be s submitted with the annual operating budget, annual capital budget, and capital program, including, but not limited to, information about the cost of performing specific functions, the effectiveness of such functions, and the costs versus benefits of proposed expenditures, and to require the Finance Director to provide such information?
  3. Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter – which allows for a preference in the civil service regulations for the children of Philadelphia firefighters or police officers who were killed or who died in the line of duty – be amended to further allow for a preference for the grandchildren of such firefighters or police officers?
  4. Should the City of Philadelphia borrow $123,670,000 to be spent for and toward capital purposes as follows: Transit; Streets and Sanitation; Municipal Buildings; Parks, Recreation and Museums; and Economic and Community Development?
sara s November 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Vote No on #1. It sounds good, but think about it: do you want parking lot owners to set storm water rates, i.e. not have to pay their fare share and have citizens pay theirs instead? PWD already has a very responsive, fair and open process. Don't let parking lot owners buy City Council. The question is worded to make you think it'a a good idea. The Inquirer says NOTE NO too. It's your water bill!!

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