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City Controller Alan Butkovitz wants Mayor Nutter and other city officials to account for over $200,000 in "questionable spending."
City Controller Alan Butkovitz wants Mayor Nutter and other city officials to account for over $200,000 in "questionable spending."

​City controller issues $200,000 bill to local officials

City Controller Alan Butkovitz is blowing the whistle on city funds. 

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From $9,000 in Uber rides to $50,000 in hotel stays at the Marriott, the picture painted of the lifestyles of local officials by City Controler Alan Butkovitz, is one of luxury. 

In a press conference today, Butkovitz announced the result of his audit of the Mayor's Fund, a city-run nonprofit and painted it as a one-way ticket to easy street.

And Butkovitz, having none of it, thinks Nutter and others should reimburse the non-profit close to $240,000.

These claims have been a matter of public debate resulting in no less than a law suit of Desiree Peterkin Bell suing Butkovitz (though Peterkin Bell was revealed by Philly.com to have spent $52,000 worth of fund money with no documentation in 2015).

“The Mayor’s Fund serves as an essential fiscal agent to fund programs that are supposed to benefit Philadelphians of all ages,” Butkovitz said in a statement. “Just because it is not city money does not mean it should be treated as a grab bag of cash with no oversight or accountability.”

Though the fund had guidelines for the spending via check and other methods of payment, the guidelines were noticeably absent for credit cards, of which there were no guidelines. 

The controller pointed to purchases made with the card. 

Surrounded by the fan fare of the Mayor's Fund, Mayor Jim Kenney and his administration have announced efforts to reform the nonprofit with new grant guidelines and allowing more oversight from the Managing Director’s Office, among other changes.

 

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