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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

(The Old City Civic Association web site.)

Whacked By Lawsuit Costs, Old City Civic Association Disbands

Councilman Mark Squilla says the association was hobbled by the cost of being sued twice in 13 months. Even though the cases didn’t go to court, he says, the OCCA faced $10,000 in legal bills.

05/16/2013

(A horse-drawn carriage at 7th and Market Streets in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Councilman Wants To Expand Afternoon Hours For Horse Carriages

City councilman Mark Squilla thinks horse-drawn carriages should be allowed to operate during the afternoon rush hour, when they are currently prohibited.

05/09/2013

(Philadelphia fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers, right, testifies before City Council in April 2013.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Administration Stands Firm On Firehouse Brownouts

The Nutter administration says the controversial fire department policy of station “brownouts” will continue even if City Council appropriates extra money to eliminate them.

04/24/2013

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