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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia officials are focused on getting new voting machines to replace the original crop of electronic machines, now more than a decade old.
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.
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.
A Council committee is scheduled to talk Monday about a bill requiring regular safety inspections of food trucks’ fuel tanks.
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.
The Philadelphia Mobile Food Association says current zoning and permitting regulations include outdated definitions that lump them into the larger category of ‘street vendors.’
Cape May’s City Council meeting took a raucous turn Tuesday night when members demoted Police Chief Robert Sheehan.
Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez wants to change the city charter so that all departments and agencies would be required to have plans on dealing with residents who primarily speak other languages.
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell says a permanent commission to promote enrollment — and to better fund Pre-K — is needed.
Law Requiring Owners Of Large Office Buildings To Track Energy Usage Expanded To Include Larger Apartment Buildings
This coming week City Council is expected to approve an expansion of that law, so that about 800 apartment buildings also have to benchmark.
Philly Voters May See Ballot Question On Whether Or Not City Should Create Commission Devoted To Women’s Issues
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown says the city has not had a commission devoted to women’s issues since the 1980’s and she says it is sorely needed.
Mayor Nutter presents his eighth and final budget one week from Thursday — and the key questions are whether and how he will respond to the latest hat-in-hand request from the School District.