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Mayor Nutter pushing 9.3% prop tax hike to fund struggling schools

Mayor Nutter wants tax hike to fund city schools.

Reuters

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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