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City Finance Director Rob Dubow

Philadelphia City Council members opened their annual budget hearings on Monday at City Hall. (credit: Steve Tawa)

On Day 2 Of Budget Hearings, Council To Grill Office Of Property Assessment On AVI

Philadelphia City Council today gets a chance to grill the Office of Property Assessment, which compiled the numbers behind the new assessments going out that have generated a lot of anxiety in the neighborhoods.


(PICA Chairman Sam Katz, third from right, said the state agency's vote on Mayor Nutter's long-range budget will be delayed until September. credit: Mike Dunn)

PICA Board Delays Vote On Nutter’s Long-Range Budget

Aides to Mayor Nutter on Thursday spelled out a long list of cuts, including layoffs, that they say would be needed if the city loses its appeal of an arbitrator’s award to firefighters. The move prompted the PICA board to delay its vote on Nutter’s long-range budget.


(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Council President Clarke Optimistic About End To City’s Budget Battle

Council President Darrell Clarke postponed a Thursday morning budget hearing until next Tuesday. He hopes that will be the time when the council members come to an agreement on the perplexing budget.


(police shut down 'Occupy Philadelphia' encampment) (credit: Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

Cost To Philadelphia In Dealing With ‘Occupy’ Protests Hits 7 Figures

One million taxpayer dollars is the estimated price tag to the city so far of dealing with the Occupy Philadelphia protest on Dilworth Plaza.


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Philadelphia’s Latest Budget Hole Tops Out At $47 Million

“After the reductions that we’ve already taken, it gets more challenging and more challenging to find additional ways to take corrective action,” city finance director Rob Dubow tells KYW Newsradio.


Richie McKeithen (right) and staff address Philadelphia City Council in April, 2011. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

Nutter’s Timetable For Fixing Property Taxes Draws Criticism

At least one critic doesn’t think Mayor Nutter’s timetable is adding up, for fixing real estate tax values in Philadelphia.