Hard choices for Mayor, Council, and taxpayers
May 30, 2011By Doron Taussig
Welcome to the $100 Million Store.
If you're a Philadelphia taxpayer, you walked in here last week, when the school district asked the city for money to pay for full-day kindergarten, student transportation and other school programs.
The mayor and City Council seem inclined to help, although they are having a hard time deciding where they'll get the money.
The Mayor's Office has informed Council that it should not consider a millage shift, which would reapportion the amount of property taxes that go to the district. What's left? Raising taxes? Cutting something else? And how much would the city have to cut?
What does $100 million buy you in city government, anyway?
On this week's It's Our Money podcast, we go shopping at the $100 Million Store ... and we can't leave until we make some hard decisions.