Mayor Street opposes sugary drink tax

Former Philadelphia mayor John Street comments on the soda tax by holding a bottle of Coca-Cola.

Count former Mayor Street among the opponents of Mayor Nutter’s proposed tax on sugary drinks.

Moments ago, Mayor Street was surrounded by reporters outside Counccil chambers, where he said he was concerned about the freeze in real estate assessments and the unwillingness to raise real estate taxes because of it. Street questioned whether “any of the assessment problems we have can be worse” than Nutter’s 2-cent per ounce tax on sweet drinks. Street carried with him an empty two-liter bottle of Coke.

Within council chambers, Street – sporting a coral-colored tie and a white pocket handkerchief – embraced new District Attorney Seth Williams and council members.