Monday, April 24, 2006

A Five-Second Summary


New and recommended:
My colleague Larry Eichel's series on taxes in Philadelphia. A two-part series.

For you web hummingbirds, I offer a five-second summary:

Philadelphia's tax burden is among the highest in the nation.

The current mayor hasn't done much about it.

He says the need to maintain city services trumps the demand for lower taxes.

The issue will have to wait until the election of a new mayor.

(Who probably won't do much about it, either.)

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's hoping that 2007 will be the year that Philadelphia voters depart from a long history of the status quo and elect a mayor and new council members who WILL do something about the tax burden.

The wage tax and BPT won't go away overnight, but the candidates who commit to firm targets and timelines will have my vote.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say it is time for a "reform ticket" - things gotta change in this City - we can't afford more of the same.

10:15 AM  
Blogger AJ Lynch said...

Eichel is leaving out the most important factor...what is the city budget's cost per resident compared to other cities??

Libs always avoid this type of analysis. And that is where the most meaningful comparisons can be made.

11:02 AM  

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