Mayor Nutter wants tax hike to fund city schools.


The Inquirer is reporting that Mayor Michael Nutter will press the City Council Thursday to hike property taxes 9.3% to fund the struggling public school district.

The paper notes: “Currently, the tax bill for a home assessed at the median of $113,000 is $1,112. If Nutter's proposal was approved, it would go up to $1,216.”

Several council members expressed resistance to the plan.

"The easy way out is just to raise a tax," said First District Councilman Mark Squilla, who represents the First District. "I can only speak for myself. But I can't see asking for a 9 percent tax increase on real estate as something that would fly."

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell was equally outspoken, telling The Inquirer: "A property tax increase? Please. I don't think we're going to consider going that way,"
Blackwell said, making it clear that she would vote against such a hike.

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