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Candidate Survey Explanations

  • Erika Almiron:
  • I will end the 10 year tax abatement and increase the Big Business and Corporate Landlords tax through law . For PILOTS I will explore all available legal options and also be a part of a public pressure campaign to get mega non-profits to pay their fair share.
  • Ethelind Baylor:
  • Ending the tax abatement and implementing the Fair Share Tax would have a significant impact by having businesses and corporations pay their fair share; ultimately reducing, or stabilizing taxes for most Philadelphians. I do support the immediate enactment of PILOTS. I have worked on several PILOT campaigns with Jobs With Justice and I look to hold non-profit entities accountable to invest into the City and its Citizens of Philadelphia.
  • Vinny Black:
  • Organize and unite the working class
  • Sherrie Cohen:
  • To make the wealthy pay their fair share, I will organize alongside of public school families and emphasize that: by ending the abatement, we can direct $386M to our schools over 10 years; by enacting PILOTS, we can bring $100M/year to our schools; by postponing slated reductions in the BIRT, we can bring $272M over 5 years to our schools; by increasing the use and occupancy tax to 1.5% of property value, we would raise $35 million/year for our schools.
  • Allan Domb:
  • Even the most skeptical agree that the tax abatement spurred development when the city was struggling to draw new residents and create jobs. But I agree it should not continue the way it has been. In my first year, I proposed a plan that would focus it on neighborhoods. In addition, I believe the 10-year abatement should be amended to stay the same for the first 7 years, then decline by 25% in year 8, 50% in year 9, and 75% in year 10. The funds generated would be dedicated to our schools.
  • Sandra Dungee Glenn:
  • I would vote to end the 10 year abatement as it exists now. I would be in favor of a modified abatement program targeted to long-time homeowners who would receive relief and be able to invest in needed home repairs. I would also support targeting abatement to 1st time homebuyers of workforce housing....nurses, teachers, service workers, etc.I support a PILOT program or a Services in Lieu of Taxes (SILOT) program.
  • Beth Finn:
  • Now that our housing market is strong, the abatement is preventing much needed funds from getting to the city & its residents. The current tax abatement program should be ended immediately. The Philadelphia Public SD is operating at a massive deficit. The past PILOTS policy brought in much needed funds. Considering how in the red our school district is and how desperate the situation is, any and all funds are helpful. Businesses of all kinds must pay their fair share to support our communities.
  • Katherine Gilmore Richardson:
  • I would support legislation that modified the tax abatement to allow for new revenue to be directed to growing affordable housing units and providing additional funding for basic system repairs so that homeowners in our City's middle neighborhoods can keep, preserve and stay in their homes. I also believe we should modify how we tax small and big businesses. Small and middle market businesses in Philadelphia should not pay the same tax rate as a large corporation.
  • Irina Goldstein:
  • We don't believe in this sort of redistributive taxation. It actually is counterproductive because taxes like this create artificial costs and burdens on people who want to do business in the city. There are neighborhoods that desperately need development, and we want to encourage this. The city has proven that it is a terrible steward of money. Money that goes to the government is more likely to end up wasted than invested in our community.
  • Helen Gym:
  • I believe we need to radically rethink our approach to tax subsidies, to take true stock of their cost and ensure that when used they create truly family-sustaining jobs. I've introduced the most comprehensive package of bills to radically restructure the 10 year tax abatement. I sponsored the legislation to end it in its entirety. I do have interest in funding school construction with the help of a revitalized payment in lieu of taxes program for the largest entities in the city.
  • Adrian Rivera-Reyes:
  • I stand firmly opposed to the 10-year tax abatement. It has led to the displacement of working class communities through rampant gentrification. If these mega non-profits like UPenn, Drexel, Temple, and Jefferson don’t want to pay voluntary PILOT’s then I will advocate for legislation revoking their non-profit status so they will pay their all the taxes they owe. We need to increase the Business Income and Revenue Tax to its pre-2018 levels and also increase the Use and Occupancy Tax to 1.5%.
  • Mark Ross:
  • I would propose that developers pay their fair share back to the community for our schools and affordable housing trust fund, and non-profits which aren't really acting on behalf of the community. big business and corporate landlord should be increased to also help with these programs.
  • Isaiah Thomas:
  • One of the major pillars of my platform is tax reform across the board. The city’s current tax structure does not work for anyone. The tax abatement is just one of many taxes I feel we as a city should end, and/or drastically reform. If elected I will work with professionals and economist to enact a plan to end the abatement responsibly as to not hurt the city fiscally while also protecting all residents.
  • Fernando Trevino-Martinez:
  • I’ll propose a modernized, tiered tax-abatement system that supports first time buyers looking for properties valued less than $300,000, and ends the 10-year abatement for properties valued over $700,000. After learning more about the cost-benefit implications, I will advocate to enact PILOTS for universities and mega non-profits.
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