Should colleges contribute more to the city than just being here?

Tim Goral's picture
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Should Philadelphia reform its tax structure and allow its citizens to add up all they contribute to the city and figure out their own taxes based on those contributions?

That would mean that the ideal citizen - say, one who pays high wage and property taxes, as well as volunteers in the community and is kind to neighbors - would be able to weigh all those contributions and set a lower rate than others who don't do as much.

We didn't think so.

But a new study released by a coalition of 12 higher-education institutions argues otherwise by suggesting that they make so many contributions to the city that they shouldn't be asked for anything more.

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