NBCPhiladelphia - Tim Lake, Julia Ellis
Mayor Michael Nutter explains his budget proposals for taxing trach and soda.
Nutter formally presented his $3.9 billion budget for 2011 to city council on Thursday, telling them “nothing worth having in life is free.”
The mayor is seeking approval of a two-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks and a $300 yearly trash fee that would combine to raise about $185 million dollars annually.
The revenue is necessary to keep libraries, recreation centers and other services running, the mayor said.
A year ago Nutter faced scathing criticism over his effort to close down such services amid a budget crunch.
The first-term Democrat said the new levies could also increase or restore other services.