The debate over how to pay for parade costs continued today in City Council.
Mayor Nutter this morning vetoed legislation sponsored by Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez that would exempt parade and special event organizers from public safety costs. In a letter, Nutter said the city could not afford to bear the cost.
Quinones-Sanchez said she would be meeting with parade groups and the Nutter administration Monday to see if a policy could be worked out -- but if not, she stressed that she had the votes to override Nutter.
Quinones-Sanchez said a compromise might be a three way split of event costs between the city, organizers and the new nonprofit created by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady to help pay parade costs.
That fund – the Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund -- was awarded $500,000 by philanthropist H.F "Gerry" Lenfest. It will provide funds to the Mummers and the city's ethnic parades and festivals.