Philadelphia magazine's "Best of Philly 2010" edition is about to land on newsstands and in mailboxes and we here at PhillyClout find the "People + Power" section to me more like a "Worst Of" for the city's political class. Consider some of the entries:
- Hypocrites: City Council, for raising property taxes this year after nixing Mayor Nutter's budget last year in large part because it...raised property taxes. Head-spinning, guys.
- Reason to stop paying city taxes: Camille Barnett, When in June, the former city managing director retired after just two years during the worst budget crisis in recent history, she used a buy-in loop-hole in the publicly funded city pension program to snag herself $50,000. Every year. For the rest of her life.
- Reason to keep paying city taxes...for now: Mayor Michael Nutter, he's given back $38,000 of his salary since the economy went down the tubes in 2008. True, that doesn't even cover one year of Camille Barnett's lifelong cashtravaganza, but at least we don't feel like the only ones sacrificing for the sake of our city. Now about that pension-program reform...
It wasn't all bad news. The magazine named political media consultant Neil Oxman "Adman" of the year with this entry: "'Re-e-lected.' That is all."