PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The clock is ticking as City Council members and Mayor Michael Nutter continue to try to come up with big bucks to help bailout the Philadelphia School District.

The options facing City Council members are exceedingly unpleasant: a soda tax, which the beverage industry is fighting; a property tax hike, about which residents will be screaming; or some lesser compromise that may not meet the School Districts request of $102 million.

Some Council members say they are still confused over the District’s funding priorities.

Mayor Nutter begs to differ.

“All the information is out there. The (Council) members need to make up their minds as to what they want to do. There is no confusion. They just need to decide: you’re voting for the children, or you’re not. That’s it,” Nutter said.

Council’s next hearing on this is Thursday morning, but until then, haggling behind closed doors will continue.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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