Archive: November, 2008
Ben stopped by the WHYY studios for a chat with Dave Heller and went into some detail about the 6 Bold Ideas To Fix The Budget on today's Daily News editorial page.
1. Fast-track full valuation. Correcting the city's fractured and unfair property-tax system is as politically appealing as wrestling alligators. But it's crazy and irresponsible not to: Right now, the rich generally underpay and the poor overpay. Correcting the system, discussed for years, is supposed to be revenue-neutral, but it won't be. But it will be fair.
2. While we're at it, raise property taxes. Ours are traditionally low - mainly for reasons having to do with No. 1. We could temporarily raise the tax. Forty percent of any increase would go to helping fill the shortfall. (The schools get the rest.)
Friends of the Free Library is organizing protests
scheduled for Monday, November 17 at 12 p.m. (noon) at the Haddington Library
Friends of the Free Library will hold a press conference on the steps of Haddington Library (446 North 65th Street) to announce their two-pronged initiative to solve the current library crisis. Everyone is invited - Come out and Save the Libraries!
Nutter wants to close five engine and ladder companies
Following up on a request last week by Councilman Frank DiCicco, Council unanimously approved a resolution by Curtis Jones Jr. and Maria Quiñones Sánchez calling on Nutter to hire an independent auditor in consultation with the firefighters union.
"Council recognizes the need to make sure that any proposed cuts are done with the health and safety of the firefighters and the citizens we serve in mind," said Brian McBride, president of Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.