City Council

Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow testifies at a City Council budget hearing on May 21, 2015.  (Image from City of Phila. TV)

Council Hungry For Alternatives to Mayor’s Proposed Property Tax Hike

Mayor Nutter’s plan to hike property taxes 9% for more school funding continues to draw skepticism from City Council members.

05/22/2015

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Philadelphia City Council Website Hacked Hours After Pa. Primary Election Day

Officials say PHLCouncil.com was hacked and replaced with new content just one day after Pennsylvania’s primary election day.

05/20/2015

File photo: Philadelphia City Hall. (credit: Paul Gluck)

Turnouts Not Expected To Be High For Primary Voting In Pennsylvania

Today is decision day for the voters of Pennsylvania.

05/19/2015

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council President Cancels Neighborhood Budget Hearings

City Council President Darrell Clarke has decided to cancel budget hearings that were to be held outside of City Hall in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

05/11/2015

(Philadelphia DA Seth Williams testifies before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Not Pleased With Mayor’s Budget, District Attorney Asks City Council For Funding Increase

DA Seth Williams is not pleased with the mayor’s proposed budget, which sets aside just under $35 million for the DA’s Office. He told council members that other offices are getting increases.

05/06/2015

File photo: Candidates for Philadelphia Mayor. (Credit: Randall E. Scott)

Three Weeks Before Primary, Mayoral Candidates Take To Airwaves

This week brings the first broadcast ads of former City Councilman Jim Kenney and former D-A Lynne Abraham. They’re not the first, of course. State Senator Anthony Williams jumped in with his own ads last month; former PGW executive Doug Oliver last week. And independent political committees have been running ads in support of Kenney and Williams.

04/28/2015

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City Council To Investigate Whether Suburban Real Estate Brokers Are Skirting Taxes For City Properties

A recent audit by the city controller found that millions of dollars in real estate transactions within the city had commissions going to brokers in Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware Counties, but the brokers, according to the Controller, never paying city businesses taxes on those Commissions.

04/27/2015

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. (credit: CBS)

Owners Of Small Businesses Seek Local Funding For Renovations, Citing Federal Rigmarole Makes Process Too Expensive

A federally funded Storefront Improvement Program is facing an uncertain future because newly applied rules are making the projects more costly.

04/19/2015

(Fire commissioner Derrick Sawyer and councilman Mark Squilla, during City Council budget hearings.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Brownouts Dominate Talk As New Fire Commish Debuts In City Council

The Philadelphia Fire Department’s controversial policy of temporary fire station closures — known as brownouts — dominated the discussion this past week during City Council’s first chance to question the new Fire Commissioner.

04/19/2015

File photo of voting booths.  Credit: Jessica Kourkounis/ Getty Images)

City Officials Hoping For New Voting Machines By 2017 Primary

Philadelphia officials are focused on getting new voting machines to replace the original crop of electronic machines, now more than a decade old.

04/05/2015

(Councilman Curtis Jones, in 2014 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Is Doubtful As Non-Profit Contributions Dominate Council’s School Funding Debate

City Council plans to explore PILOTS — payments in lieu of taxes — as a way to get non-profits that pay no property taxes to chip in more for city schools.

04/04/2015

File photo of Philadelphia City Council chambers. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

As City Council Launches Budget Hearings, Nutter’s Tax Hike Plan For School Funding Appears On Life Support

As the budget hearings open, issue #1 is the School District’s request for an additional $103 million in city funding.

03/31/2015

Aftermath of food truck explosion in Feltonville on on July 2, 2014. (credit: Pat Ciarrocchi)

City Council To Discuss Bill Requiring Food Truck Safety Inspections

A Council committee is scheduled to talk Monday about a bill requiring regular safety inspections of food trucks’ fuel tanks.

03/30/2015

File photo of Philadelphia City Council chambers. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Votes To Overturn Law That Forces Non-Profits To Prove They’re Truly Not For Profit

An about-face this past week from Philadelphia City Council: members voted to overturn a law that they passed just two years ago after getting an earful from churches and other small non-profits in the city.

03/29/2015

Food truck operators testifying for City Council on Tuesday. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philly’s Food Truck Operators Take Off The Aprons To Testify At City Hall

The Philadelphia Mobile Food Association says current zoning and permitting regulations include outdated definitions that lump them into the larger category of ‘street vendors.’

03/25/2015

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