EDITORIAL/Leadership deserves 'F' for tax hike
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 1:00 AM
City school funding annually from local tax revenue has surged by $1.2 million since 2000, a staggering 65 percent increase with little or nothing to show except a "D" and "academic watch." And now a tax increase?
The city of Philadelphia has spent about $6 million more than it's taken in the last decade and the Mayor and Board of Aldermen has proposed raising taxes to generate about $565,000 in order to finally balance the budget in 2014.
Technically, the proposed tax increase that doubles general fund millage isn't for the schools, but the behemoth that is public education has practically been sucking pavement off of the streets.
What failing business in town has spent 65 percent more?
Combine the school tax surge with $380,000 annually in park improvements debt and property owners get socked.
This colossal failure has been a decade in the making and didn't begin with this mayor or the new board, but it's their problem now.
Many have wanted to pretend for a long time that things are working, but clearly they're not.
Flawed liberal logic says raising taxes means better schools, parks, roads, health care and jobs.
To raise taxes without addressing the underlying systemic problem of fewer jobs, tepid growth and the poor state of education would be an abomination.