EDITORIAL/A city on a hill
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:00 AM
When working people spend more than they make, they get in trouble. Businesses don't survive spending more than they take in. But government just keeps on taxing and spending.
The city of Philadelphia has spent about $6 million more than has been taken in the last decade, and yet officials want to raise taxes to generate about $565,000 in order to balance the budget, doubling the general fund millage and granting pay raises totalling $49,546.
Underlying, systemic problems have stagnated growth in Philadelphia and the mayor and board would do well to address them.
Where are the jobs? Where is the growth?
Gov. Phil Bryant has announced more than 7,200 new jobs and more than $1.1 billion in private sector investment since he took office in 2012.
So, there are opportunities.
The Yokohama Tire Company project in West Point will bring 500 jobs with the potential for 2,000. Nissan in Canton will add 800 jobs.
Philadelphia and Neshoba County can attract major employers as in decades past, especially since manufacturing in North America is on the rebound.
This page has long advocated better pay for firefighters and police officers, but that's with the expectation of progressive leadership committed to growing the economy and creating jobs, not just raising taxes.
Liberal logic says raising taxes means better schools, parks, roads, health care and jobs. Not so!
Jobs create growth, not higher taxes.
There are plenty of people in the private sector in Neshoba County who deserve a pay raise and haven't received one because of the national economic downturn. The money just is not there.
What gives public employees an expectation they're entitled when the money isn't there?
The mayor and aldermen may be somewhat justified when they argue that in order to balance the budget (cash reserves are being depleted fast) they have no choice but to raise taxes.
To be sure, the shortfalls are due to previous debt like the parks expansion and the tepid growth of the last decade.
But, to raise taxes without addressing the underlying problem of jobs and growth would be an abomination.
The old Philadelphia-Neshoba County Chamber of Commerce was an undeniably unifying force for good for decades.
At the city's urging, a frank discussion about the Community Development Partnership and its future should take place now.
Restore the trust and confidence that's so essential to community development.
Philadelphia is a city on a hill. We can lead and create a new economy that is second to none if we follow sound economic principles of jobs creation and growth, rejecting the notion that raising taxes is the best we can do.