New taxes may stay in Philadelphia budget

    City Council says no consensus to be found

    Philadelphia City Council President Anna Verna
    Philadelphia City Council President Anna Verna

    The Philadelphia budget remains a problem with time ticking down to the end of the fiscal year.

    Philadelphia City Council President Anna Verna says there is no consensus on a spending plan, and would not say whether the trash fee and sugary drinks tax proposed my Mayor Michael Nutter are dead.

    “I don’t know, I cannot answer that, because if they are dead, we have to get an awful lot of money to come to life and say here I am, come and get me.”

    There is about a $150 million hole in the city budget. Councilman Frank DiCicco has proposed a property tax hike to fill the hole, while other councilmembers are calling for trimming costs to prevent a massive tax hike.

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