The mayor’s budget hinges on state approval of a homestead exemption, and separately, gaining the ability to adjust the split of property taxes between the city and the school district.
A City Council committee has approved a plan to let you fight parking tickets without having to show up in person. The vote came despite objections from the agency that hears appeals.
City Council took a step this past week toward changing the odd way in which the city sets water rates.
Philadelphia City Council will look at closing a little loophole in which property owners who don’t keep their houses up to code can still receive a landlord’s license.
Bar bouncers are going to have to bone up on crowd control: City Council has given final approval to a measure requiring that all bouncers get proper training.
Score one for the waiters, as City Council approved a bill that stops restaurant owners in Philadelphia from deducting credit card fees from the waiters’ tips.
“I do think that the Councilman’s bill, if its explained to me correctly, is visionary thinking. And I’m ashamed that someone here didn’t think of it,” Vince Fennerty said.
The Parking Authority slaps you with a $20 penalty if you don’t pay a ticket within fifteen days. City Councilman Bill Greenlee says by the time the Authority mails out a reminder that you owe, the penalty has been added.
The vote came despite objections from the ACLU, which called the bill unconstitutional.
“I’ve seen where bouncers could have taken a deep breath, taken a little more time and maybe calm the situation, instead of laying their hands on people and making situations worse,” Bill Greenlee says.
Even as Philadelphia City Council on Thursday overrode one veto by Mayor Michael Nutter, another veto by the mayor will stand.
The debate continues in City Council over whether to force local firms to give workers earned sick leave. The proposal was amended Thursday, but not enough to satisfy critics.
A Philadelphia city councilman wants any future bike lanes in the city to require Council approval. The new buffered lanes on Spruce and Pine, and upcoming bike lanes on 10th and 13th streets were products of the Nutter Administration.
Greenlee says the inspectors should try to make sure the trash actually belongs to the homeowner who is being ticketed.
The Streets Department is doing a citywide survey of alley lights, because of rampant vandalism to the lights caused by those who would prefer that the alleys stay dark.