The Inquirer
May 21, 2009
by KYW's Mark Abrams
Mayor Nutter's task force to evaluate Philadelphia's tax structure convened its first public hearing on Thursday afternoon.

Individuals and organizations offered their views on various taxes collected by the city, including business taxes and license fees.

Among those testifying was Joe Mahoney, executive vice president of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce:

"We want the tax and business climate in Philadelphia to be one that can attract businesses, attract employers, and keep residents and grow population."

Joseph Dworetzky, who served as chairman for the session, says the panel is looking for lots of input from a variety of sources:

"We want to put on the table good ideas, practical ideas that can be implemented and that will help the city become more competitive."

He says the task force has another public hearing scheduled for August and must have a report on Mayor Nutter's desk by September.