The final vote came after some last-minute pleas from those on both sides of the issue.
“If and until those bills are introduced on the state level, and we see some sense that there is some action, there’s really not a lot that we can do locally,” City Council president Darrell Clarke says.
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.
And it seems that long-running labor issues are the key concern.
Rob Dubow, the mayor’s finance director, argued against raising the city’s “U&O” business tax and in favor of boosting taxes on liquor and cigarettes.
The city plans to increase taxes on smokers and drinkers, and redouble its collection efforts on property taxes.
A City Council committee has agreed to relax zoning restrictions in a portion of Old City near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
This brings a sickening feeling to the Philadelphia councilman who tried but failed to get the measure approved here.
City councilman Mark Squilla thinks horse-drawn carriages should be allowed to operate during the afternoon rush hour, when they are currently prohibited.
Meanwhile, aides to the mayor are clarifying how he wants to raise the city’s portion.
Their frustration was evident in a speech made at the hearing by at-large councilman Denny O’Brien (at left in photo).
“The old family court building on Logan Circle would make an ideal small hotel,” says the mayor’s commerce director, Alan Greenberger.
The attendants work for a firm call PrimeFlight, which is contracted by the airlines to provide help to travelers needing wheelchairs.
The discussion, titled “Philadelphia Taxes — Past, Present and Future.” was organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics.
By a 15-0 vote, councilmembers approved a measure that would for the first time allow advertising on publicly owned buildings such as recreation centers, and on city vehicles including trash trucks.
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