The dust from the 2013 reassessment of all properties in Philadelphia has barely settled, and city officials are planing more.
The school district wants more than $100 million above the city’s current contribution. The Nutter administration proposes raising $105 million with a 9.3-percent hike in property taxes. Councilmembers are already discussing alternate means.
City Council plans to hold a hearing on what some perceive to be foot-dragging by the Nutter Administration. At issue are looming negotiations between the city and Comcast on new franchise agreements in Philadelphia.
As deputy mayor for transportation and public utilities, Cutler has overseen major aspects of Philadelphia government: potholes, trash collection, recycling, bicycle lanes, the Philadelphia Gas Works, bridges, the airport, and the water department, among others.
City Council overwhelming approved the installation of two electronic advertising structures, dubbed “Urban Experiential Displays,” ranging in height from 30 to 50 feet.
Nutter has signed an executive order creating a fifteen-member oversight commission to ensure that the Justice Department’s recent recommendations become reality.
The DOJ report came in response to police commisioner Charles Ramsey’s resquest for a federal investigation after a spike in police-involved shootings in 2013.
Now that this is Mayor Nutter’s last year in office, councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown fears that another mayor could eliminate the LGBT office he created.
Councilman Wilson Goode calls them “mega-nonprofits” — the city’s universities and health care institutions, which are now exempt from property taxes.
Last year City Council and Mayor Nutter approved a bit of a break: if an appeal of a new assessment was not resolved by the time tax bills were due, owners could pay the original amount, then settle up when the appeal is later resolved.
New SRC chair Marjorie Neff says the fact that Bill Green is not going to court to try to keep the chairmanship removes a potential distraction.
KYW Newsradio has learned that Mayor Nutter will propose a hefty increase in city property taxes in order to give the cash-starved Philadelphia School District an extra $100 million.
City Council is at odds with the Nutter Administration over a law that forces non-profits in the city to prove they’re truly not for profit.
Mayor Nutter today told stakeholders involved in youth violence prevention that they should commit to a long-term effort and not go for short-term fixes.
In addition to keeping City Council up to speed, Clarke says, the firm will lobby on positions in which Council and the mayor disagree.