Philadelphia budget gap $100M more than projected after coronavirus shutdown

She said federal funding to replace lost revenue could help, but so far, Congress hasn’t acted.

“You can’t build budgets on hope, so we had to go with the real fiscal reality,” she said. 

Waxman said the losses take the budget deficit to $749 million and creates a negative fund balance.

Mayor Kenney’s chief of staff Jim Engler said the administration is working with City Council on how to close the gap.

“There’s a number of things that are on the table: there are additional cuts to departments, there could be revenue options, there could be other things that we do. Those are all being discussed with City Council as we speak,” Engler said. 

Council President Darrell Clarke said it’s not a surprise the gap is growing, but Council will pass a balanced budget, as required, by June 30.