Mayor Michael Nutter says he’s still somewhat in the dark over Council President Darrell Clarke’s plan to send $50-million to the school district in exchange for the right to sell some vacant district buildings. Nutter wants to know who’s interested in buying them.
Mayor Nutter presided as local firms signed what he called the “Philadelphia Jobs Compact.”
Philadelphia’s school funding crisis has renewed a debate over whether local colleges and universities that are property-tax-exempt should help out more. Those universities responded this past week with a report laying out how much they already contribute.
The financial advisor guiding the administration through the proposed sale of the city-owned natural gas utility now predicts a potential sale price of between $1.45 billion and $1.9 billion.
On Wednesday afternoon Mayor Nutter said he was thankful that Gov. Corbett finally cut the check for the $45 million for the school district.
The Visitor Center, at 6th and Market Streets, is on federal property but gets only one-fifth of its funding from the federal government.
Amtrak tallied a record 31.6 million passengers during its fiscal year that just ended on September 30th.
Mayor Nutter now says using city dollars for the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall will not happen.
A Philadelphia city councilman wants to force members of the School Reform Commission to take a public stand on the city’s controversial 10-year property tax abatement, a tax break that costs the school district millions.
“He contributed a lot to the city of Philadelphia and to this country,” said Philadelphia city councilwoman Marian Tasco. “This city has lost an outstanding leader, good citizen, and a great benefactor.”
“People have the right to live in a clean neighborhood,” says Second District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown fears the machines may prompt a rise in mobile phone thefts.
Jeffrey Lindy, who served on a Philadelphia Bar Association committee studying the plan, says the contract might go to a for-profit law firm that would inevitably cut corners.
The problem is, the separate Office of Property Assessment, or OPA, is still conducting what are called first level reviews.
A city councilman wants Philadelphia to follow New York City’s lead in giving new protections to pregnant workers.