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While Mayor Kenney pitched his sugary drink tax as needed to fund early childhood education, it turns out that nearly 20 percent of the money raised would go to other city programs and employee benefits.
By late Wednesday morning, he was back in his log-cabin-style home in Chester County, digging through a stack of papers in his basement office to find the one that would confirm the point he had just made."They have not communicated that to us," Jane Roh said.What is not in dispute is that out of $91 million that would be generated annually through the 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks and diet beverages that passed out of a Council committee last week, at least $16 million would go to previously unadvertised spending."Why would Council vote for the tax and at least not attempt to negotiate for their own priority? Council members and staff also denied trading their votes for funding.Several members said they were aware of, and in some cases upset by, the administration's funneling tax revenue to other purposes."In politics, you just have to keep your options open and see what happens," she said.
Mike Sielski is a sports columnist for the Inquirer and Daily News.
" Blackwell said while looking over the list of additional items.
"Very interesting." Asked if the change would affect her vote Thursday, Blackwell said only that she had a lot of remaining questions.
"These changes are the result of weeks of negotiations between City Council and the administration," said Mike Dunn, spokesman for the administration.
He said the changes include $81.4 million, over five years, in funding for items that either Council members requested or that the administration favored.
By year five, the administration said, it would be spending more than the $91 million generated by the tax to fully fund all of its initiatives.