As Delaware County municipal officials tally expenses for additional police presence near public transit stations and other services during Pope Francis visit last weekend, Upper Darby Mayor Tom Micozzie is wondering why only the city of Philadelphia is being reimbursed by the World Meeting of Families, the non-profit corporation formed in 2012 by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that hosted the Holy Father.
It was a regional event and should have been treated as regional reimbursement, maintained Micozzie.
Thursday afternoon Micozzie said he
was still awaiting a response from a letter he
sent a week ago to World Meeting of Families
President Robert J. Ciaruffoli expressing his
displeasure that Philadelphia was being reimbursed an estimated $12.2 million for expenses by the corporation and that the surrounding municipalities that incurred expenses related to the papal visit were getting nothing.
It is not fair to all the taxpayers, said Micozzie
Nutter Press Secretary Mark McDonald said the mayor was aware of sentiments like Micozzies being expressed by suburban mayors and elected officials, but that Nutter had not received a call from Micozzie.
For Upper Darby
, additional expenses for Sept. 26 and 27 amounted to about $175,000, most of it the result of additional police presence at SEPTAs 69th Street Transportation Center
that is a hub for 12 public transit lines including trolleys, subway-surface cars and buses, said Micozzie
Also in Upper Darby
is Primos train station, one of five Delaware County regional rail lines where Philadelphia-bound riders with pre-purchased one-day passes could embark and disembark.
said because he
learned in advance that ticket sales were lower than expected, he
could reduce the number of police officers at the Primos station to four with one supervisor.
The difficulty for us is that 69th Street Terminal had no advance ticket sales and we had no idea of what to expect, said Micozzie
As a result, full platoons of 15 Upper Darby
police officers worked 12-hour shifts in the area of the 69th Street terminal Sept. 26 and 27, said Micozzie
who noted they were assisted by officers from Marcus Hook and Springfield as well as 60 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard
approved by Gov.
hoped the papal funding measure would eventually be passed.
noted that unlike in some smaller Delaware County municipalities, Upper Darby
officials did not declare a state of emergency during the papal visit in the hope of receiving federal reimbursement for part of their costs.
Were a large township with a $70 million budget and 83,000 people, said Micozzie