By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It seems less and less likely that Philadelphia city council will pass the mayor’s full request for a three-cents-an-ounce soda tax, but members say they are trying to find alternate ways to fund the ambitious programs the tax would pay for.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Searching For Suspect Who Stole Car With 6-Year-Old Girl In Backseat
Even among the three council members who openly oppose the tax, there is strong support for universal pre-K and improvements to parks, rec centers and libraries.
So council members, who didn’t want to speak for attribution, say they’re trying to cobble together funding alternatives that could well include a soda tax, but not three cents an ounce.
Council president Darrell Clark says it’s too high.READ MORE: North Philadelphia Community Welcomes Home 3-Year-Old Boy After Hit-And-Run That Also Killed Mother
“That is a significant tax on sugary products so, I’m a little concerned about three cents.”
Mayor Kenney says he’s glad members are vetting other possibilities.
“People want to tinker around with numbers and back taxes and use and occupancy and real estate, I mean all over the place.”
But he says he’s already done the math.MORE NEWS: Local Doctor Joins 14 World War II Veterans In Hawaii Visiting Pearl Harbor On 80th Anniversary
“This is it. In the end, it’s three cents and if it’s less than three cents, it won’t be because I asked for it, it will be because people want less improvement in pre-K and in community schools and in parks and rec.”