Whenever a big snow storm hits, I receive a rude awakening in what my Philadelphia City Wage Tax dollars accomplish for me as I travel to my Philly-hosted, U.S. Navy employment site.
The Navy installation I work at (Naval Support Activity Philadelphia) is located on Oxford Avenue maybe a mile inside the City from Cheltenham Township, my usual route into work.
This means I use maybe a mile of City streets each day (two miles roundtrip) to reach my work desk, which itself is situated on Federal property. And for the pleasure of this jaunt along the pristine streets of Philadelphia I pay roughly $3900/year!
So unless I throw an embolism arguing with my boss over some inane minutia, requiring a police response or a stat med-evac, my lone benefit from that $3900 investment are those grand vistas along that mile stretch of Martin’s Mill Road.
Life don’t get any better than that!
So whenever it snows significantly and the region works hard to shake the white stuff from its broad shoulders, I notice – as I travel from my Horsham residence – the snow-cleared and salted streets of Horsham, Hatboro, Upper Moreland, Lower Moreland, Abington, and Cheltenham townships. And I anticipate the glorious mess the Philadelphia streets still will be two full days after an annoying though thoroughly manageable snow fall.
The clean, salt-laced salted roads of the suburban Townships, those that get to enjoy nothing but my hometown income tax offset for suffering the Philadelphia Wage Tax, transition to the slushy, icy, still full-of-snow streets of a City that struggles to provide its tax-paying citizens bare, essential services.
And they wonder why the schools of Philadelphia are such a monumental mess!
If you cannot manage the simplest of services, how can you possibly do any better with such complex activities as education … regardless of how much money the State might pump in?!? And how does that make YOU feel about what you might be paying in Philly wage taxes and the prospect of future demands for more of it?
Me? I feel all slushy and iced over.
Before this comes up … a V-8/Costanza smack to the temporal lobe for anyone who criticizes Governor Corbett for the Phiiadelphia School District’ financial morass without recognizing the role of losing $1 billion in federal stimulus that Ed Rendell (rightly) used in part to pad financing for the PSD.