By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia City Council holds a hearing later this week on how to bring in some extra cash, by allowing advertising on city properties. The idea is being pushed by the Council President, who also wants a “Revenue Czar.”
City Council President Darrell Clarke says his hearing this coming Thursday, exploring advertising on city properties, is just one idea to raise new revenues:
“There are a number of ways to generate revenue outside of traditional sources of taxing individuals, and we need to be creative,” he said.
Clarke is also proposing that the city have a new office for a “Chief Revenue Generator” — to raise revenue without raising taxes:
“We should have somebody responsible for implementing these various proposals. They make all of the sense in the world.”
For example, Clarke says New York City has a $100-million concessions contract.
“Why are we not doing that?” he asked.