Councilman Bill Green
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission should soon be back to full strength. KYW Newsradio has learned Governor Corbett is expected to fill two open seats on the panel as early as Friday.
Sources tell KYW Newsradio that Republican Senator Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania thinks he may have the votes to try and pass the legislation to intensify gun background checks that was recently defeated in the Senate.
Council voted 11-6 for the measure, but a two-thirds majority, or 12 votes, will be needed to override another expected veto from the Mayor.
The Nutter Administration is mailing out more than 500,000 assessments to property owners — the first wholesale remaking of property values in Philadelphia in many years.
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell felt the new zoning code would make it too difficult for community groups to have a say in new developments, so she pushed through major revisions last year.
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 councilman who is battling the mayor over how to overhaul the property tax system is offering residents a spreadsheet to show how they may be affected by the potential changes.
The rhetoric is rising in City Council in the debate over whether to overhaul Philadelphia’s property tax structure in a way that gives the School District an extra $94 million.
School District leaders met with City Council members yesterday, to try to persuade them to support Mayor Nutter’s Actual Value tax plan and the extra $94-million it would provide for the district.
Mayor Nutter’s budget experts were in the hot seat as Philadelphia City Council opened hearings on Nutter’s plan to revamp the way property assessments are calculated in the city.
Mayor Nutter wants City Hall to make JFK Plaza more user friendly.
But the rewrite is by no means a done deal.
The age-old question of whether a hoagie is better than a cheese steak has apparently been settled in the hoagie’s favor on the floor of City Council.
With Philadelphia’s jobless rate in double digits, a City Council committee has okayed significant changes to the city’s business tax structure — and Mayor Nutter is on board as well.
Philadelphia City Council, at the urging of the mayor, is moving to close a small bureaucratic loophole involving same-sex partners of city government workers.