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Nutter Vows To Sign Bill Aimed At Getting Vacant Properties Into Hands Of New OwnersAfter months of contentious negotiations, City Council approved -- and Mayor Nutter plans to sign -- a bill that creates what's called a Land Bank.
Philadelphia City Council Takes On Demolitions City Council has another hearing scheduled Thursday afternoon on its plan to overhaul how demolitions are carried out in Philadelphia, and some differences exist among the lawmakers on a few proposals.
City Council Weighs Raising Use And Occupancy Tax To Help Fund SchoolsCity Council's Finance committee today examines a proposal from Seventh District councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez on the 'Use and Occupancy Tax,' or U&O, a type of property tax specific to business owners.
Philadelphia Lawmakers Plan Tougher Controls On Vacant, Fire-Prone PropertiesThe Kensington warehouse blaze earlier this month that claimed the lives of two Philadelphia firefighters is still having a ripple effect through city government.
City Council Proposes Creation Of 'Land Bank' To Deal With Vacant PropertiesCity Council is looking at creating a new kind of bank -- a "Land Bank" -- that would be responsible for disposing of 30,000 vacant properties scattered throughout Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Lawmakers Move Toward Alteration Of City's Business TaxesWith 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 Will Hold Public Hearing On City RedistrictingBy 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.
Due to Census Data, Philadelphia City Council Will Spend The Summer RedistrictingPhiladelphia City Council members will be breaking a sweat this summer, even though they're on recess until September. It's because city lawyers told them late this week that they must redistrict pronto, to reflect shifts in population.
Judge Temporarily Halts Philadelphia School District Layoff Plan A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge has granted a union request to force schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman to rescind 1,500 teacher layoffs for the time being.
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