KYW 1060 reports a one-cent tax on sugary drinks will be part of Mayor Nutter's next budget. "Mayor Nutter's budget experts briefed city council members behind closed doors on Wednesday on the city's ever-worsening cash crisis. Council president Anna Verna emerged after the session and shook her head at the possibility of new tax increases: "Oh don't say tax increases please, we don't want to go through that again." But Verna confirmed a tax on sugared drinks raised by the administration at the meeting: "I heard about it today, and I think it’s a penny an ounce, or some such thing." Other council members confirm that the concept of a soda tax was brought up at the briefing. Councilman Darrell Clarke says Philadelphia is not alone in looking at this: "Apparently in other municipalities and states there has been this whole proposal to impose a fee on sugars, things of that nature." The Mayor's Budget Chief Rob Dubow would neither confirm nor deny that a soda tax is being considered."
Starting yesterday, and then again next week, you can pay your back taxes and get screwed softer than you would normally.