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Another town wrestles with tuition tax

In the "been there, tried that" department, Evanston residents may watch with some interest developments in the effort by the mayor of Pittsburgh to impose a tuition tax on college students.

In the "been there, tried that" department, Evanston residents may watch with some interest developments in the effort by the mayor of Pittsburgh to impose a tuition tax on college students.

The New York Times Wednesday reported that Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has asked the City Council to postpone a vote on the tax for a week in hopes the city’s 10 colleges and universities will agree to provide economic help to the city voluntarily,

Ravenstahl is under pressure to hold a vote on the measure before the end of the year because two supporters of the plan will be leaving the council then.

And state lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban municipalities in Pennsylvania from imposing such a tax.

In 1989 the Evanston City Council adopted a tuition tax advocated by then 4th Ward alderman Jack Korshak, but the ordinance was vetoed by then Mayor Joan Barr.

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