Philly Council again delays budget action, as arguments continue over taxes, spending

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Council has once again postponed action on next year’s city budget, as differences over taxes and spending continue to hobble negotiations.

For the fourth time, council met as the committee of the whole, only to recess without even considering next year’s operating budget, which must take effect July 1.

The main issue continues to be taxes. However, in a novel variation, councilmembers and the Mayor Jim Kenney disagree about tax cuts, not increases. The mayor wants small reductions in wage, business and parking taxes. Some councilmembers oppose any cuts. Others want steeper cuts, including one measure that would slash the parking tax by one-third.

There are also quibbles about funding for some programs, though the mayor and council seem to have arrived at an agreement on spending more than originally proposed for violence prevention.

Council has scheduled another session for tomorrow afternoon.