City Council now has fallback plan if Harrisburg doesn't come through
by Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks
Philadelphia City Council has added a fallback position to ensure sales tax money does go to the city's school district.
The bill contains enabling legislation to send an estimated $120 million from a sales tax surcharge to the schools in perpetuity. Implementing a law passed in the state Legislature last year, it's a fallback in the event that Council can't get a city cigarette tax through Harrisburg, Councilman Curtis Jones said Thursday.
"We're optimistic that the Pennsylvania legislature will give us some relief, but at the end of the day our children will be educated," Jones said.
City Council hopes to have the cigarette tax in place so some of the sales tax revenue could help fill underfunded pension accounts.