Placing Ads On City Property The Topic At Hearing This Week

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(Philadelphia city councilman Darrell Clarke, in file photo.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

(Philadelphia city councilman Darrell Clarke, in file photo. Photo by Steve Tawa)

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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.

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