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Nutter: Tax-hike talk is premature

Gov. Corbett's proposed budget threatens the city's social safety net and would endanger thousands of vulnerable Philadelphians.

Nutter: Tax-hike talk is premature

Gov. Corbett’s proposed budget threatens the city’s social safety net and would endanger thousands of vulnerable Philadelphians.

So, what does the city plan to do about it? Could there be another property-tax hike on the horizon to deal with some of the cuts?

“Your question is tremendously premature and we’ve had no discussion about that,” Mayor Nutter told the Daily News today.

“We’ve been analyzing the governor’s budget which was introduced and we do not know at this point how as a city we would even try to deal with the magnitude of these cuts in the social safety net as well as to the School District and other parts of our budget,” Nutter said.

Last year City Council approved a property-tax hike for the second year in a row to help out the Philadelphia School District.

The Daily News reported this week that Corbett’s proposed cuts would affect mental-health, homeless and human-services programs and Nutter said he was concerned about the $40.9 million in cuts the city would be faced with.

“It will rip to shreds the social safety net here in the city of Philadelphia,” Nutter said. “Hundreds of people could find themselves homeless. Many who are presently receiving mental health services will literally not have a slot or not be in the care of those who can provide the best services for them and everyone in this city should be concerned, regular citizens, taxpayers, [and] the business community.”

“This budget if approved the way it was introduced will be a budgetary apocalypse for the city of Philadelphia and wreak havoc for many citizens.”

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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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