Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Enter the $100 Million Store ... you may never leave

Welcome to the $100 Million Store.

Enter the $100 Million Store ... you may never leave

Is Mayor Nutter trapped in the $100 Million Store? He sure is.
Is Mayor Nutter trapped in the $100 Million Store? He sure is.

Welcome to the $100 Million Store.

If you're a Philadelphia taxpayer, you walked in here last week, when the school district asked the city for money to pay for full-day kindergarten, student transportation and other school programs.

The mayor and City Council seem inclined to help, although they are having a hard time deciding where they'll get the money.

The Mayor's Office has informed Council that it should not consider a millage shift, which would reapportion the amount of property taxes that go to the district. What's left? Raising taxes? Cutting something else? And how much would the city have to cut?

What does $100 million buy you in city government, anyway?

On this week's It's Our Money podcast, we go shopping at the $100 Million Store ... and we can't leave until we make some hard decisions.

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Every year, city government spends slightly more than $4 billion. Where does all that money come from? More importantly, where does it go? Are we getting the most bang for our tax buck? “It's Our Money” is a joint project between Philadelphia Daily News and WHYY, funded by the William Penn Foundation, designed to answer these questions.

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