Darrell Clarke has decided to call a special election to fill the vacancy created by the departure of former at-large councilman Bill Green, now chair of the School Reform Commission.
Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite put a $320 million price tag on his action plan. But new SRC chair Bill Green said the district shouldn’t count on getting that much money from the city and state.
The decision on whether to call a special election rests now with Council President Darrell Clarke, and for the moment he is not commenting about his plans.
Former Philadelphia city councilman Bill Green is now officially the chairman of the School Reform Commission.
The state senate approved the nominations of City Councilman Bill Green to be SRC chair, and Farah Jimenez to be an SRC member.
As expected, Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett filled two seats on the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.
Congressman Bob Brady, who heads Philadelphia’s Democratic party, says a line has already formed of people vying for Bill Green’s at-large seat.
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission should soon be back to full strength. KYW Newsradio has learned Governor Corbett is expected to fill two open seats on the panel as early as Friday.
A City Council committee has okayed a major change in the city’s Business Income and Receipts Tax, but any final vote may not come for many months.
The sponsor of the measure, Councilman Bill Green, says selling tax liens on foreclosed properties would bring millions to the school district that the city otherwise would never see.
“This is generally a tax break for the few, the new, and the well-to-do, not for most of Philadelphia,” Councilman Goode said of the tax-abatement program he would like to curtail.
Arthur Makadon, one of Philadelphia’s top behind-the-scenes power brokers and the former head of one of the city’s most powerful law firms, has died.
At issue: whether the water commissioner should have the final say on rate hikes.
Before the City Council finance committee today was a proposal from Councilman Bill Green to require that half the man-hours on many contracts be performed by Philadelphia residents.
Support in City Council for the mayor’s proposed property tax overhaul appears to be crumbling, as lawmakers today try once again to hammer out a budget deal.