City Budget: A long night? Nutter swings back at prop tax

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Opponents (left) of a proposal to tax soda and other sugary drinks display signs at a City Council hearing earlier today, (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Another budget deal looks to be crumbling.

As we reported two hours ago, Council members thought there were 9 votes to raise money for the school district through a 3.5 percent property tax and that a new soda tax was not going to happen.

Heard in the Hall warned that the plan would have to stand the test of several hours of lobbying.

And Mayor Nutter has been doing just that. Hard.

Nutter came up to the 4th Floor of City Hall (from his Office on the 2nd Floor) to push Council members toward some version of the soda tax (some have said a compromise is 1-cent-per-ounce, half of what Nutter proposed). But standing outside Council Chambers at 4:22 p.m., Nutter said: "I don't know necessarily that there are 9 votes for anything, though at one point, we were close."

Nutter said the proposal only raises tax 3.5 percent for one year, after that city is still on the hook for $37 million a year. Negotiations were continuing just before 5 p.m.

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