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(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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After Layoffs, Mayor Nutter Tries To Raise Money For School District In Harrisburg

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.

06/07/2011

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Philadelphia City Controller Introduces ‘Watchdog’ App To Report Government Fraud

If you see government fraud in Philadelphia, and want to report it, now there’s an app for that. 

04/20/2011

(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz at Tuesday's press conference.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Controller Butkovitz Wonders About HUD’s Probe Of PHA

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.

03/01/2011

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City Controller: Hundreds Of Philadelphia Businesses Could Be Cheating On Sales Tax

Hundreds of businesses in Philadelphia could be cheating on their sales taxes, according to a new report released Wednesday by the city controller.

02/16/2011

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Former Prosecutor Hired For Audit Of Philly Sheriff’s Books

Leading the audit team will be Louis Pichini, a former prosecutor who headed the criminal division of the US attorney’s office in Philadelphia.

01/25/2011

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