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(Carla Pagan testifies before Philadelphia City Council about the work of the Board of Revision of Taxes, where she is executive director.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Pay Raises Grease the Machinery at Phila. Property Tax Review Board

BRT executive director Carla Pagan confirmed that the measure approved last month by Council to give board members a pay raise had its intended effect: the BRT has now greatly increased the number of appeals it is hearing.

23 hours ago

Blasius Chocolate Factory in Kensington (Credit: CBS3)

Local Chocolate Factory Reopens Following Tax Dispute With City

A Kensington chocolate factory is open for business today and tomorrow after coming to terms with the city over a tax dispute that prompted a forced closure on Wednesday.

04/18/2014

(Mayor Nutter welcomes Millenials who took part in a competition to revamp city policies to attract more of that demographic group.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Winners of Competition to Make Philadelphia More Millennial-Friendly Announced

Mayor Michael Nutter was on hand to congratulate more than a dozen participants of the city’s first public policy case study competition.

04/04/2014

(Gregory Conley defends e-cigarettes during comments to Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia City Council Passes Restrictions on Public Use of E-Cigarettes

Ignoring the pleas of e-cigarette users, City Council has unanimously approved a measure that bans the devices from public spaces in Philadelphia.

03/27/2014

(June 6th, 2013: Kim Sizemore brings flowers to the site where her friend, Kim Finnegan, died the previous day.  Credit: Jericka Duncan)

Nutter Administration Plans Memorial at Site of 2013 Fatal Building Collapse

Mayor Nutter says the Salvation Army has offered to donate the site of last year’s collapse, at 22nd and Market Streets, for a memorial to the six people killed.

03/20/2014

(City councilmembers, union leaders, and others gather in City Council chambers for the housing plan announcement.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Lawmakers Announce Plan For Construction of 1,500 Low-Cost Homes

City Council president Darrell Clarke and six other district councilmembers are proposing that the city government borrow $100 million to finance construction of 1,500 new, affordable properties over the next three or four years, mainly in gentrifying neighborhoods.

03/17/2014

DC 33 chief Pete Matthews. (credit: Mike Dunn/KYW)

No Progress Reported After Brief Round Of Negotiations Between Nutter Administration, DC 33

The talks covered a three-hour span at the Sheraton hotel, but the amount of time both sides were in one room actually negotiating totaled only about ten minutes.

02/28/2014

file photo (credit: Getty Images)

Councilman Wants Renovated Love Park To Include a Skate Park

Councilman Jim Kenney suggested that the renovation of Love Park include a section for skateboarders, who once flocked there from around the world.

02/19/2014

(Flanked by city officials and a sign language interpreter at a 1pm press conference, Mayor Nutter describes the city's snow preparations.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter Says 700 City Workers Ready To Fan Out When Snow Begins

A snow emergency has been declared in Philadelphia as of 8pm tonight, requiring all cars parked along “snow emergency” routes to be relocated elsewhere.

02/12/2014

(City councilman James Kenney.  File photo from City of Phila. TV)

Little-Known City Tax May Become Latest Battleground Between City Council And Nutter Administration.

City councilman jim Kenney says Mayor Nutter’s efforts to crack down on residents who’ve been ignoring the so-called “School Tax” tax have gone too far.

02/01/2014

(Councilman Wilson Goode questions Nutter administration official Mary Stitt at a City Council hearing.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Says Nutter Administration Gives Too Many ‘Living Wage’ Waivers

Councilman Wilson Goode said the Nutter administration has been abusing its ability to grant waivers to the law that requires city contractors pay workers at least 1½ times the federal minimum wage.

01/29/2014

(Credit: CBS-3)

Phila. Officials May Consider Tighter Fire Escape Inspection Regulations

Currently, owners of rental properties must apply for an annual rental license but are not required to submit proof that the fire escape has been inspected.

01/13/2014

(Maari Porter, the City of Philadelphia's chief grants officer, and Michael Thorpe, a Mantua resident, both expressed delight with the neighborhood's designation.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Mantua Neighborhood Gets Federal ‘Promise Zone’ Designation

The selection as a Promise Zone means that neighborhood will be given preference when applying for a host of other federal grants.

01/08/2014

(A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia. by Andre Bennett)

Sell-off of Philadelphia’s Natural Gas Utility Goes To Binding Bidding

Binding bids will be due in January, and the city would finalize sales terms by February.

11/19/2013

(Fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers, public safety director Mike Resnick, and human resources director Albert D'Attilio testify for the Nutter administration at a City Council hearing.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Administration Officials Grilled Over Rescinded Firefighter Promotions

City officials defended the move, saying the firefighters accepted the promotions with the knowledge they could be rescinced if the Nutter administration got a favorable court ruling.

10/30/2013

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