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How Will Trash Fee Affect Your Bottom Line?

In one fell swoop, the city’s proposed $300 trash fee will eat up more than half the money ­that an average Philadelphia household is saving from the small, incremental wage tax reductions that the city initiated in 1992.

How Will Trash Fee Affect Your Bottom Line?

In one fell swoop, the city’s proposed $300 trash fee will eat up more than half the money ­that an average Philadelphia household is saving from the small, incremental wage tax reductions that the city initiated in 1992.

The mean average income for a Philadelphia household was $50,673 annually in 2008, according to the U. S. Census Bureau. Wage taxes on that income are now 3.9296 percent, or $1,991 per year, a savings of $522 from what the same household would have paid before the wage tax reductions began.

Mayor Nutter and City Council suspended the wage tax reductions two years ago at the beginning of the national recession, but they are scheduled to resume in the 2014 fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2013.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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