For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Fight for Philly and One Philadelphia to support Use and Occupancy tax reform bill Friday in City Council
Testifiers to present petitions, call for tax fairness and big businesses to pay their fair share
Philadelphia, PA – Fight for Philly and the One Philadelphia Coalition will attend Friday’s City Council Finance Committee hearing in support of councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez’s bill to reform the city’s Use and Occupancy Tax. The bill maintains the city’s current U&O rate instead of lowering it, in an effort to balance an estimated $200 million shift in the tax burden from large commercial properties to residential ones under AVI.
Members of Fight for Philly, Casino-Free Philadelphia, and Neighborhood Networks will testify as part of the One Philadelphia coalition, supporting fair taxation in the city to fund schools and other services. After the closing of 23 schools and with threats to further cuts for nurses, arts, sports, extra-curricular activities, guidance counselors, and other crucial school services, the city has easy ways it could collect new money, including passing Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez’s U&O reform bill.
U&O reform makes more sense than the mayor’s newly-proposed cigarette and drink taxes, which face issues with collection, opposition from bar owners and smokers, and the need for enabling legislation from the state government. U&O reform continues the city’s existing collection practices.
The One Philadelphia coalition will also unfurl hundreds of pages of petition signatures in City Council during the hearing as a Fight for Philly member testifies. The petitions say, “Make Big Business and Big “Non-Profits” Pay their fair share in Philadelphia and stop shifting the tax burden to our Homeowners, Tenants and Working People!”
Tomorrow’s testimony is part of a larger day of action with the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, culminating in a massive student walkout at noon, leading to a 1pm rally at School District Headquarters and a 2pm rally at City Hall.
||One Philadelphia: Fight for Philly, Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Action United, PCAPS, Casino Free Philadelphia, MoveOn Philadelphia Council, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Liberty Resources, Neighborhood Networks, Jobs with Justice, AFSCME DC 33 and 47, PHARE.
||Fight for Philly and One Philadelphia support U&O tax reform
||Friday, May 17, 2013, 9:30am.
||City Council Chambers
||Speakers, petition drop, diverse crowd of supporters, signs.
Fight for Philly is building a grassroots coalition of residents, community groups, neighborhood associations, faith organizations and labor groups united in the fight for good jobs, corporate accountability and strong communities.
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