Proposed Philadelphia tax increase to fund raise for city workers

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 7:26 PM CDT
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PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - A proposed tax increase in Philadelphia would pay for $1.25 per hour raises for city employees.

The 1 mill tax hike has gained attention on social media and in town, where people are questioning the raise. Philadelphia Mayor James Young said he wants the public to know the tax is not just to raise wages.

“The presumption that we raised taxes just to pay employees is way out of whack. I don’t mind saying it, that was not it at all. It’s a number of things we are having to do moving forward in this community,” Mayor Young said. “We’re paving streets; we are doing lots of things that you can see.”

The word tax often carries negative connotations, Young said.

“The word tax makes so many folks curse. Being honest, we wouldn’t be having the bridges done, we wouldn’t be having the streets done, we wouldn’t be able to provide any services to our people from cemetery services to police services without some means of funding,” said Young.

However, the mayor said city workers deserve a raise.

“I’ll say this. This is probably the only place I know where people put their whole house, if they move, they put it on the street and we haul it off. So if people complain about me paying our employees and giving them a raise, I’m going silent because you don’t deserve a comment,” Young said.

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