City Council President Anna C. Verna this morning said the city's five-year sales tax hike approved today as part of the city budget, would benefit suburban merchants at Philadelphia's expense.
In response to questions about support in the state legislature for the city's proposed one-cent tax hike - from 7 percent to 8 percent - Verna said surrounding counties should favor it because it would help them.
"We’re voting for a tax hike, but at the same time, the surrounding counties would be the beneficiary of the sales tax," she said following this morning's City Council meeting. "Because if you live in Philadelphia and have to buy a large item, and it is taxable, you’re going to go to another county where you may not have to pay that tax."
Other counties charge only the 6 percent state portion of the tax. Philadelphia currently adds one cent to that -- the new proposal, requiring legislature's approval, adds two cents.