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(Flanked by other city officials, Mayor Nutter speaks to reporters about the Actual Value Initiative, AVI.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter Defends City’s New Property Tax Assessments

In recent days both city controller Alan Butkovitz and councilman Mark Squilla have claimed that inaccuracies in the AVI assessments exceed the industry-accepted margin of error. But Mayor Nutter begs to differ.

03/06/2013

(Philadelphia controller Alan Butkovitz.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Campaign 2013 Starting To Shape Up

Although it’s very quiet right now, there is an election in Pennsylvania and the hopefuls are stirring in one contest.

02/23/2013

(The Philadelphia Gas Commission.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Phila. Gas Commission Narrowly Approves Controversial Consultant Payments

The five-member Philadelphia Gas Commission, which oversees PGW’s budget, voted 3-2 to approve more than $2.3 million in PGW revenues to pay legal, financial, and public relations consultants.

01/16/2013

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Philadelphia Controller Says City’s Financial Books Had Billions In Errors

City controller Alan Butkovitz says his office found numerous mistakes in the books for Fiscal Year 2011, which ended on June 30th of last year. The city finance director notes they represented accounting errors, not misplaced funds.

11/19/2012

(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz, at lectern, addresses reporters.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Phila. Controller Says City Departments Failing To Control Contractor Shortcuts

City controller Alan Butkovitz is critical of several city departments for their lack of oversight in connection with construction activity in North Philadelphia, near the Temple University campus.

10/10/2012

(Philadelphia controller Alan Butkovitz.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Controller Alleges Widespread Tax Evasion At Small Construction Projects

“It’s the Wild West in Philadelphia on construction projects,” Alan Butkovitz said today.

10/02/2012

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Deputy Mayor Says Philadelphia’s Police Cams Are Being Corrected

The city controller says Philadelphia’s long troubled crime surveillance camera system is still plagued by dozens of cameras that aren’t working — or even hooked up. We’re working on it, says an administration official.

06/20/2012

(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz at a press conference on Wednesday.  Credit: Mark Abrams)

City Controller Says Philadelphia Is Failing To Collect $$$ for Ambulance Services

City controller Alan Butkovitz says a review of ambulance billings by the city for 2011 shows it only collected $34 million of the $82.5 million it billed — about 42 percent.

05/09/2012

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Philadelphia Official Says Sales Tax Revenues Show Further Economic Recovery

City controller Alan Butkovitz says it was the highest level of sales tax receipts since the city started keeping track.

03/12/2012

(Philadelphia School District headquarters, 440 North Broad Street.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Controller: Philadelphia Schools’ Budget Shortfall Even Worse Than Indicated

In a letter to the school district, city controller Alan Butkovitz says his annual audit shows the shortfall is bigger than the $61 million announced last week by the district.

01/25/2012

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Audit Finds $92,000 In Unclaimed Philadelphia Jury Duty Pay

“There’s a strong chance that that money can be stolen by people who have no right to the money,” according to Philadelphia’s city controller.

01/10/2012

(The former Rudiolph Walton School, 2601 N. 28th Street.  Photo provided by Phila. controller's ofc.)

Philadelphia Controller Calls Some Vacant Schools A Danger To The Community

Controller Alan Butkovitz provided reporters with a video — complete with creepy music — depicting eight vacant schools littered with drug paraphernalia and trash.

12/06/2011

(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz with a copy of the audit of the sheriff's department.  Credit: Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia Controller Giving Feds Results Of Sheriff’s Office Audit

Alan Butkovitz says a forensic audit has uncovered evidence that former sheriff John Green allowed a political contributor to essentially take over the sheriff’s real estate division.

11/16/2011

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City Controller Calls 311 System A “Glorified Answering Service”

“311 has not alleviated the pressure of non-emergency calls to 911. In fact, the reduction in non-emergency calls to 911 has been virtually non-existent,” Alan Butkovitz says.

10/05/2011

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Meeting Held After Philadelphia City Worker Pensions Take A Beating

The latest Wall Street crisis is a worst-case scenario for the pension fund of Philadelphia city workers. Thursday morning, members of the board that oversees the fund were meeting to look at the damage.

08/11/2011

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