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Philadelphia Lawmakers Advance Plan To Borrow $27M For City Schools

But the lawmakers voiced frustration at how the school district conducts its business.

06/11/2014

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Philadelphia Lawmakers Move Toward Crackdown on ‘Pill Mills’

A City Council committee has approved a bill that gives new powers to the city’s health department to identify and shut down operations that dispense prescription drugs without medical necessity.

06/10/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets. File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Taxes Under The Microscope Amid School District Cash Crisis

Amid the latest Philadelphia School District cash crisis, City Council plans to put the Nutter Administration’s tax collection efforts under the microscope.

05/26/2014

The scene in Old City a day after Wednesday morning's fire. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Concerns Arise Following Old City Fire

In the aftermath of Wednesday morning’s fire at the Suit Corner in Old City, many questions and concerns have developed.

04/10/2014

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Nutter Has Stern Words For Board That Hears Property Tax Appeals

A backlog of property tax appeals — and a plan to give raises to the board that hears appeals — has prompted angry words from Mayor Nutter.

04/06/2014

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Plan To Annually Reassess Properties In Philadelphia Is Scrapped

Last year’s overhaul of property values in Philadelphia has led to a backlog of appeals this year, and that, in turn, has prompted the city to scrap plans to make reassessments annual.

04/02/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Legal Snag Could Delay Pay Boost For Phila. Tax Appeals Board

Pay raises for members of the Board of Revision of Taxes could be delayed by a previous court ruling, even though City Council voted to raise their pay in an effort to break a logjam of cases.

03/16/2014

Mark Squilla, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Phila. Councilman Wants Annual Salaries For Tax Board Members Restored

“We need the BRT right now,” Councilman Mark Squilla says. “We need them to have these hearings. We need them to make sure they’re fair and as soon as possible.”

01/27/2014

(Vespa owners Charles and Nicole Paloux. Photo provided.)

Scooter Commuters React To PPA Parking Dispute

Parking problems have these Vespa owners considering putting their brand new scooter up for sale.

10/26/2013

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Debate Over Giving Commercial Property Owners A Break If Appealing New Assessments

City council and the mayor are split over extending a grace period for those whose appeals are still pending when the bills come due.

10/05/2013

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Historic Firehouse In South Philadelphia Won’t Be Demolished, Yet

South Philly residents who’ve been worried about the possible demolition of a much-loved 19th century firehouse are breathing a bit easier, though only a bit.

07/13/2013

(The former Engine 46 firehouse, at Reed and Water Streets in South Philadelphia.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Councilman Says Owner of Iconic South Philly Firehouse Won’t Rush To Demolish It

First District councilman Mark Squilla says he’s finally been able to speak with the CEO of the firm that controls the old Engine 46 firehouse at Reed and Water Streets, near Delaware Avenue.

07/12/2013

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Future of Philadelphia Cigarette Tax Uncertain Despite City Council OK

The vote was unanimous for the new cigarette tax, which would take effect next January and bring an estimated $45 million to city schools. State approval is required.

06/13/2013

(A Philadelphia horse carriage stopped along Independence Mall. File photo by Pat Loeb)

City To Allow Horse Carriages To Operate During Weekday Late Afternoons

The city will allow horse-drawn carriages to operate during the currently restricted hours of 3:30pm to 6pm, Mondays through Fridays.

05/28/2013

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

Council Wants To Give A Break To Homeowners Appealing Tax Assessments

City Council committee has given initial approval to a bill that staves off next year’s property tax bill for those who are still in the process of appealing the new assessment.

05/23/2013

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