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