Philadelphia City Council Approves 3.85-Percent Property Tax Hike; Mayor Vetoes DROPProceeds from that property tax bump -- combined with a meter rate increase for street parking and some city surplus funds -- will give the school district an extra $53 million.
Court Clears Way For 2 Incumbent Philadelphia City Council Members To Stay On BallotAt issue where the re-election bids of city council members Marion Tasco and Frank Rizzo, along with the candidacy of City Commissioner Marge Targtaglione. All three are enrolled in the DROP pension program, and all three intend to return to office if re-elected.
City Council Gives Thumbs-Up For Philadelphia Top Cop's Salary HikePhiladelphia City Council, which controls the purse strings of the city's government, apparently has no problem with the $60,000 salary hike given to police commissioner Charles Ramsey to keep him from fleeing to Chicago.
Councilmembers Squirming Over Nutter's Proposed BudgetFollowing the mayor's speech to City Council on Thursday morning, Councilman Frank Rizzo called the mayor's budget "a first draft," and he expects Nutter to wind up blaming Governor Corbett for the final result.