Nutter administration makes its case for real estate tax hike

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 Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William Hite will present the district's budget needs to City Council Tuesday. (AP file photo)

Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William Hite will present the district's budget needs to City Council Tuesday. (AP file photo)

Philadelphia City Council is starting to talk about taxes to help fund the city schools. 

Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposal for a real estate tax hike to generate another $100 million a year is the only plan that works given the current fiscal situation, Finance Director Rob Dubow told Council members Thursday.

“We’re saying that’s the amount [Schools Superintendent William Hite] requested,” he said. “That’s the amount that helps solve the district’s projected fiscal year 2016 deficit, which is about $85 million and provides money to provide for investments that the superintendent laid out in his action plan.”

The district budget depends on passage of a state funding proposal by Gov. Tom Wolf. 

Council President Darrell Clarke asked Dubow what would happen if the Republican-controlled Legislature in Harrisburg blocks Wolf’s plan.

“I believe they will have a back and forth up there and come up with a number,” he said. “What that number will be, I don’t know.”

Hite and other school district officials will appear before City Council Tuesday to present the district’s funding needs.

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