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

City Council Members Feel The Heat Over Property Assessments

Philadelphia City Council members say they’re getting inundated with calls and emails from residents upset about the new property assessments that the Nutter Administration issued last Friday.


(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla.  File image from City of Phila. TV)

After Veto, Councilman Drops Plan For Huge Billboard Near Vine St. Expressway

Councilman Mark Squilla says he lacks clarification on whether a wall wrap on the old Electric Factory building would, as opponents claimed, jeopardize federal highway funding.


(Rick Dickson of the Philadelphia Parking Authority testifies before the Streets Committee of City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Council Committee OKs Changes To Resident Parking Petition Rules

The changes are aimed at easing neighbor-versus-neighbor squabbles.


(Philadelphia councilman Jim Kenney and fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers during an exchange in City Council over a PFD plan to transfer about 20 percent of its firefighters.  Photos from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Defends Plan to Transfer Senior Firefighters

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.


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Councilman To Hold Hearing On Controversial Plan To Move Senior Firefighters

“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.


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Philadelphia City Council Committee Debates Road Sharing Bill

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.


(Mayor Michael Nutter.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Pleased with Harrisburg Vote, Ready To Move Ahead With AVI

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.


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Committee Of 70 Concerned About Plan To Give City Council Control Over Money

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.


(Philadelphia City Hall. File photo by Tony Hanson)

Proposal For City Council To Control Part Of Philadelphia’s Budget

A city councilman wants the Philadelphia charter changed so that council has the authority to spend hundreds of millions of dollars.


(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla.  File image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Overrides Nutter’s Veto of Northern Liberties Bar Balconies

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.



Nutter Vetoes $4 Surcharge on Parking Tickets

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.


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Good News, Bad News For Parking Ticket Recipients

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.


(Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow, center of photo, is questioned by city councilman Bill Green, back to camera at lower right, during a city budget hearing.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council Feels Squeeze of Budget Deadline Amid Open Questions

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.


(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Lawmaker Wants One-Year Delay In Property Taxation Overhaul Plan

City councilman Mark Squilla is proposing putting the brakes on Mayor Nutter’s plan to revamp Philadelphia’s broken property assessment system.


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Philadelphia Councilmembers Accept Need For Property Tax Overhaul, With Some Concerns

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.