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.
“It’s the Wild West in Philadelphia on construction projects,” Alan Butkovitz said today.
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.
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.
City controller Alan Butkovitz says it was the highest level of sales tax receipts since the city started keeping track.
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.
“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.
Controller Alan Butkovitz provided reporters with a video — complete with creepy music — depicting eight vacant schools littered with drug paraphernalia and trash.
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.
“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.
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.
On the day after the Philadelphia School District handed out thousands of layoff notices, Mayor Michael Nutter spent Tuesday pounding the pavement in Harrisburg, trying in part to drum up more money for the financially strapped school district.
If you see government fraud in Philadelphia, and want to report it, now there’s an app for that.
Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz is quizzical about HUD’s request for the resignation of the entire Philadelphia Housing Authority board, two of whom Butkovitz appointed.
Hundreds of businesses in Philadelphia could be cheating on their sales taxes, according to a new report released Wednesday by the city controller.