In the aftermath of Wednesday morning’s fire at the Suit Corner in Old City, many questions and concerns have developed.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
Parking problems have these Vespa owners considering putting their brand new scooter up for sale.
City council and the mayor are split over extending a grace period for those whose appeals are still pending when the bills come due.
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.
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.
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.
The city will allow horse-drawn carriages to operate during the currently restricted hours of 3:30pm to 6pm, Mondays through Fridays.
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.
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.
City councilman Mark Squilla thinks horse-drawn carriages should be allowed to operate during the afternoon rush hour, when they are currently prohibited.
The Nutter administration says the controversial fire department policy of station “brownouts” will continue even if City Council appropriates extra money to eliminate them.