The changes are aimed at easing neighbor-versus-neighbor squabbles.
Firefighters opposed to the plan packed Council chambers today as councilmembers Jim Kenney, Bobby Henon, and Mark Squilla questioned Commissioner Ayers firsthand about the transfer policy.
“A lot of our constituents have been used to the firefighters in their area, and they feel comfortable that they know where they’re going. And they’re fearful if they implement this policy, it may cause danger to the community,” Councilman Mark Squilla said.
Councilman Mark Squilla, author of the plan, calls it “Complete Streets” — an extensive series of changes to the Philadelphia traffic code — prompted particularly by the growing number of people on bikes.
Despite misgivings voiced by some state lawmakers, the state House has approved the Actual Value Initiative legislation and Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign it.
A Philadelphia city councilman’s plan to give council direct and final control over hundreds of millions of dollars isn’t sitting too well with a local political watchdog group.
A city councilman wants the Philadelphia charter changed so that council has the authority to spend hundreds of millions of dollars.
The legislation would allow Finnigan’s Wake, at 3rd and Spring Garden Streets, to add second-floor balconies that would jut out over the sidewalk.
The plan conceived by Councilman Mark Squilla would have $2 going to the Philadelphia Parking Authority for taxi and limousine enforcement and the other $2 to the Department of Parks and Recreation.
City Council has given its thumbs-up to letting you fight parking tickets by mail or online rather than having to show up in person.
The mayor’s budget hinges on state approval of a homestead exemption, and separately, gaining the ability to adjust the split of property taxes between the city and the school district.
City councilman Mark Squilla is proposing putting the brakes on Mayor Nutter’s plan to revamp Philadelphia’s broken property assessment system.
The clock is now ticking for Philadelphia City Council to begin grappling with what could be the biggest challenge in the budget season, the proposed “actual-value” system for property taxes.
Philadelphia City Council chambers were packed on Thursday morning as the lawmakers launched their 2012 legislative session.
When Philadelphia City Council convenes its 2012 legislative session this morning, it’ll have a very different look, with new leadership and six new members. But the biggest issues are anything but new.