Mayor Jim Kennedy’s budget will face its first public hearing tonight with the City Council. The most controversial issue will be the so-called Soda Tax that garnered so much attention.

Mayor Kenney proposed to tax sugary drinks to raise $400 million to finance several very worthy programs, to include: (1) universal pre-K; (2) community schools; (3) retro-fitting City-owned buildings to make them more energy efficient; and (4) paying down the pension debt.

Increased taxes will go a long way toward capitalization of Rebuild Philadelphia, a $300 million bond fund to pay for the repair and upgrade of dozens of community structures as the City recreation centers, libraries, and parks. The amount will be used to for new capital dollars to the capital projects of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR).

Good news for Circuit Trails as project Rebuild Philadelphia will allot more funds for trail development.  Partners of PPR are development corporation agencies as: (1) Schuylkill River Development Corporation; (2) Manayunk Development Corporation; (3) Delaware River City Corporation; and (4) Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. All work on supporting developing trails in the  such as Schuylkill River,  Central and North Delaware River, the East Coast Greenway, the Tacony Creek,  the Cresheim Trail, and others trails.

In the state of Philadelphia, there are roughly 25 miles of the Circuit left to be built. To accelerate the development of these trails, the Rebuild Philadelphia bond provides the fund. City Council wants to hear that there is support for the tax and Rebuild Philadelphia. The con groups are making their views louder and clearer.

There are other options provided for you to express your opinion:

  • To express support for the tax and Rebuild Philadelphia Fund Bond, sign this petition.
  • Attend the City Council public hearing on May 4th or May 11th at 5pm. To confirm date, check with the Clerk’s Office.
  • If you want to testify, inform the Chief Clerk’s office at 215-686-3410 or 215-686-3411.

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