Councilman Jim Kenney
Today brings the start of two months of Philadelphia City Council hearings on Mayor Nutter’s new budget, and the process could get heated over Nutter’s plan to overhaul property assessments, while bringing in $90-million extra to the Philadelphia School District.
Mayor Nutter plans on closing out the year by wielding his veto plan, nixing a plan for a large ‘wall wrap’ advertisement on a Center City building.
“Anything you could do, we would greatly appreciate,” said Bill Gault, head of Firefighters Local 22, in a personal plea to City Council members.
Even though the signs read “Sidewalk Closed,” some pedestrians used to cutting through the plaza are choosing to walk in the street along the southwest corner.
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.
City Council today tries yet again to tackle the thorny issue of Philadelphia’s business taxes, with a hearing on two proposals aimed at helping out firms based in the city and bringing new ones in.
A city council committee will review a plan to give Philadelphia condo residents a tax break because their buildings use private trash haulers in the city.
Councilman Jim Kenney says an open-door policy of the city’s Records Department is prompting the misuse of accident report information and he says some accident victims are getting scammed.
Mayor Nutter is warning of dire consequences to the city’s budget after Philadelphia City Council — ignoring his pleas — voted to roll back the tax on fees at parking garages and parking lots.
By law, City Council has only until September 9th to redistrict, based on census numbers that show a significant population shift in Philadelphia. The hearing is set for August 16th.
Philadelphia City Council has reportedly reached a deal that is expected to raise around $53 million in revenue to bail out the city’s school district.
Arlene Ackerman wants $102 million from the city to help cover the school district’s massive deficit, but councilmembers why the school district is spending money on other programs.
A Philadelphia city councilman says some restaurants in the city have been taking their full credit card processing fees out of the tips intended for the wait staff, and he’s introducing a bill to stop the practice.
It’s a proposed bill that would impose a one-year moratorium on construction of buildings, additions or roof decks higher than two-stories.