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  • urbankahn
    Dear Tax Reform Supporter: The coalition that united last spring for the wage tax fight is coming together again this fall around the proposed tax reform
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2002
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      Dear Tax Reform Supporter:

      The coalition that united last spring for the wage tax fight is
      coming together again this fall around the proposed tax reform
      commission. Philadelphians will vote this Tuesday on whether to
      establish the independent commission, which would be comprised of
      appointees by the mayor, City Council, the controller, and the
      city's chambers of commerce. If approved, the commission will
      examine all of the city's taxes and issue a report in November
      2003 with recommendations on how to reduce local tax burdens.

      While the commission provides great promise as a vehicle for
      meaningful, comprehensive reform, it will only realize its
      potential if the public demands more than just another do-nothing
      task force. Toward this end, Young Involved Philadelphia has
      drafted a "compact" to establish public expectations for the
      commission. (The compact approach was discussed at the tax
      reform coalition meeting held at the Chamber of Commerce on
      10/18.) The idea is to get elected officials and civic leaders
      to publicly sign on to the compact, establishing an
      accountability framework that reduces the chances of the
      commission becoming a dead-letter office. You can read a copy of
      the compact here:

      http://www.hallwatch.org/news/compact

      Members of the tax reform coalition, including several City
      Council members, will be holding a lunchtime rally this Monday,
      November 4th in support of the ballot question and to introduce
      the compact. The event will be held at noon in front of 752
      South 3rd Street - a Queen Village rowhome that recently saw its
      property tax assessment increase by 85 percent.

      PLEASE contact either Mark Kahn (urbankahn@...) or Josh
      Sevin (jsevin@...) and let them know 1) whether your
      organization will endorse the compact and 2) whether you or
      members of your organization will be able to attend the rally.
      And please circulate this email and compact to other tax reform
      advocates.

      We used our collective voice and muscle in April to great
      effect. But, after Bill 92 passed, we agreed that it was only a
      first step. Let's keep the ball rolling and work to create a tax
      reform commission that's on a mission.

      With Warm Regards,

      Josh Sevin, Young Involved Philadelphia
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