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Clarke: Setting tax hike hearing after primary isn’t to help incumbents

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Philadelphia City Council is in no hurry to take up Mayor Nutter’s proposed 9 percent property tax increase to create a permanent source of funding for the city’s schools.

In fact, city lawmakers have delayed a hearing on the matter until after the May 19 primary election.

Questions about the hearing schedule began percolating after former councilman and current School Reform Commission member Bill Green offered some off-the-cuff advice.

Concerning the tax increase plan, which is unpopular among City Council members, and the fact that this is an election year, Green said, "My suggestion to my colleagues would be to not vote until after May 19, and then give us the funding that the mayor has requested."

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