Editorial: Council is lazy

Sum­mer of­fi­cially star­ted at 1:16 Tues­day af­ter­noon. For the av­er­age work­ing stiff in Phil­adelphia — you know, the guy who pays the bloated salar­ies of the 17 mem­bers of City Coun­cil — he’s look­ing for­ward to a sum­mer va­ca­tion of a week at The Shore, two weeks, if he’s lucky.

City Coun­cil mem­bers are look­ing for­ward to three months of va­ca­tion. Nice job if you can get it.

Coun­cil this week is likely to give fi­nal ap­prov­al of yet an­oth­er hike in city prop­erty taxes — nearly 4 per­cent, which comes on the heels of last year’s hike of 10 per­cent. After that, off mem­bers go for 12 weeks of fun in the sun on the tax­pay­ers’ dime and time.

Nev­er mind that Phil­adelphia has a host of ser­i­ous is­sues that need to be ad­dressed by the city’s of­fi­cial le­gis­lat­ive body. The DROP fiasco. School fund­ing. High taxes. Con­tracts for mu­ni­cip­al work­ers. Po­lice and fire pro­tec­tion. Crime. Plenty of work re­mains.

Any­body who thinks Coun­cil mem­bers would spend a sum­mer ses­sion just sit­ting around cham­bers twid­dling their thumbs with noth­ing to do is either drunk or high on drugs.

For ac­cept­ing full-time pay ($121,000 a year and up) for part-time work (one meet­ing per week, nine months per year), Coun­cil mem­bers should be ashamed of them­selves, and Phil­adelphia cit­izens should be ashamed of them­selves for al­low­ing their over­paid, un­der­worked, pom­pous pub­lic “ser­vants” to get away with it.

Yo Philly, es­pe­cially you lazy bums who don’t vote: You get the gov­ern­ment you don’t vote for. Re­mem­ber that in Novem­ber. 

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