Was that just another sidewalk altercation yesterday afternoon on South Broad Street, or was it Mayor Nutter trading verbal barbs with an alleged tax deadbeat?
Robert Gamburg, one of three lawyers at 121 S. Broad St. who owe the city a total of $348,000 in business privilege taxes, didn't like that Nutter chose to shame him with a news conference outside his building.
Nutter called the conference for 2 p.m. yesterday to show the measures he would take to embarrass delinquent taxpayers.
Nutter held a similar news conference in November, when he told those who owed more than $50,000 that he would be coming after them. Nutter said the city has collected $2.5 million in delinquent taxes in that effort.
After Nutter denounced the three in front of the building, sheriff's deputies proceeded to deliver notices, while television cameras rolled, notifying the lawyers that their belongings were to be sold at auction on April 2 if they fail to pay their bills.
"The city will be forced to collect our money by any means necessary," Nutter said.
Take it to 'em Mike!
Now that's real leadership!
It's difficult to even imagine such bold action on behalf of the public good here in New Orleans and that's shameful.
The racial demography in Philadelphia is not so unlike New Orleans. There, however, diverse coalitions have been able to come together around progressive change. When that happens, so does real world progress. This crackdown on wealthy tax cheats is what is allowing the city to keep neighborhood library branches operating amidst a difficult municipal budget squeeze.I decided to remain in New Orleans after I graduated college because I know in my heart that we can do the same kind of things here, in spite of all the parochialism and mistrust.