City Council last year declined to pass the sales-tax extension, saying that for it to continue, a greater share of the revenue must aid the pension system. Nutter at the time implored Council to pass the tax and to lobby Harrisburg for an amendment after the fact.
Council steadfastly refused, with none of its 17 members introducing the mayor's bill.
But Nutter's remarks yesterday seem to indicate that he will spend more time calling on Harrisburg to make the change before the city adopts it.
"We need the General Assembly to change the distribution of the 1 percent Philadelphia sales-tax extension to a 50/50 split," he said. "We then need City Council to do its part and pass the state-amended 1 percent sales-tax extension."
The cigarette tax, which Council passed, 16-0, last year, is dependent on Harrisburg approval. The GOP-controlled General Assembly didn't take up the measure last year and is not expected to do so this year unless it is wrapped into a larger deal.
The state-funding distribution change that Nutter is seeking would rewrite the basic-education "funding formula," giving greater weight to factors like district size, the number of students who have special needs and those who learned English as a second language.
Those factors would boost funding for districts like Philadelphia's, making it politically difficult because - absent new funding - other districts would end up with less.
Gov. Corbett, however, recently endorsed the idea of revamping the funding formula, giving new life to the issue.
Nutter noted that the city has raised taxes in recent years to aid the beleaguered district.
Asked after his speech whether the city would pursue other funding mechanisms if the state did not act, the mayor said it was too early in the budget season to say.
Next month he will deliver his annual budget address to Council, which has until July 1 to debate, amend and pass it.
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