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Council President Anna Verna

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

New Assessment Chief Promises More Checks Of Tax-Exempt Properties

Philadelphia City Hall’s new top property assessor tells City Council members that his evaluators will make sure tax-exempt properties are checked more frequently, to make sure they are what they advertise.

04/19/2011

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Council Not Looking To Drop DROP, But Cut Costs

City Council leaders say they’ll finally schedule a hearing on the controversial DROP pension perk in April but in the meantime they’re looking for ways to keep the program alive, with a smaller price tag.

02/23/2011

(City Council president Anna Verna, in file photo)

Verna Sees No Action On Pension Program Before Year End

Councilmembers have been putting off scheduling a hearing on the mayor’s plan to eliminate DROP (the “Deferred Retirement Option Plan”) until they hear back from a Baltimore consultant.

11/18/2010

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DROP Action Delayed; Watchdog Group Sees Stalling

It’s been more than three months since Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter called on City Council to abolish the controversial retirement program known as “DROP.”

11/17/2010

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