Philadelphia Budget

(Police oommissioner Charles Ramsey testifies at a budget hearing before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

In Current Climate, Fewer Minorities Want Careers as Cops, Phila. Police Commissioner Says

Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey says national incidents of police violence has made recruiting minorities for the Philadelphia police force much tougher.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

(Nutter administration budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, and Council president Darrell Clarke, at Wednesday's budget hearing.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

City Council, Administration Spar Over Condition of Philadelphia Police and Fire Houses

Council president Darrell Clarke singled out the police station in North Philadelphia where an officer had been stationed when he was slain last month.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/01/2015

(Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow, deputy mayor Everett Gillison, and budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, at the opening session of City Council's budget hearings.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Wrangling Begins Over Next Philadelphia Budget: How Will Schools Get Funded?

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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/31/2015

(File photo.  Credit: Syma Chowdhry/ CBS 3)

Millions in Philadelphia Dog License Fees Going Uncollected, City Controller Says

If you own a dog in Philadelphia, it is required that you pay $16 a year for a license. But not everyone is complying.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/26/2015

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., in file image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Says ‘Nonprofit’ Shouldn’t Mean ‘Noncontributing’ to Philadelphia Schools

Councilman Wilson Goode calls them “mega-nonprofits” — the city’s universities and health care institutions, which are now exempt from property taxes.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/19/2015

(A body camera worn by an Evesham Township, NJ police officer.  File photo by Cleve Bryan/ CBS3)

Death of Philadelphia Officer Reinvigorates Experiment in Body-Worn Cameras

Officer Robert Wilson III was not wearing a video camera at the time of his murder, but he and other members of the 22nd District have been part of the police department’s initial testing of the technology.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/07/2015

(Mayor Nutter delivers his budget address to City Council.  Photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Nutter’s Proposed Budget Gets Tepid Reception Among Philadelphia Lawmakers

Nutter delivered his final budget to City Council by asking the lawmakers to hike property taxes 9.3 percent.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/05/2015

Mayor Michael Nutter. (File photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter’s Next City Budget Will Include 9% Property Tax Hike

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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/04/2015

(Councilman Darrell Clarke, chairing the City Council meeting on October 23rd.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Nutter Says ‘Time Has Come’ For Phila. City Council Action on Proposed Sale of PGW

City Council president Darrell Clarke says his staff’s internal review should be concluded by next week.

10/23/2014

(The PICA board meets.  Chairman Lawrence Tabas is at far left, back to camera.  City finance director Rob Dubow is at far end of table, center.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia’s Revised 5-Year Budget Gets OK Despite Wage Tax Dustup

The controversy came as the mayor backed off slightly on plans to cut the city wage tax.

10/14/2014

(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz speaks with reporters about his audit of overtime charges in city departments.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Controller Stands By 311 Call Center Accusations

“The most egregious problem … is the approximately $160,000 overtime in 311 for the period studied,” he said, adding, “They’re working in a secret VIP call center that doesn’t comply with what the job description says.”

09/24/2014

(City of Philadelphia sanitation workers collect trash. File photo)

Nutter Settles Long Contract Standoff with City’s Blue-Collar Workers

The Nutter administration has struck a new, seven-year deal with the city’s largest municipal workers’ union, District Council 33, in a contract dispute that has dragged on since 2009.

08/22/2014

(The July 21, 2014 meeting of the PICA board.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

With Misgivings, State Overseers OK Philadelphia’s Five-Year Budget

The head of the PICA board told the mayor’s finance director that he’d like to see the city do more belt-tightening in order to start a rainy day fund.

07/21/2014

(Pa. state senator Anthony Williams, left, listens as Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters regarding school funding issues.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Politicians Hopeful As Pa. Senate Prepares to Vote on Cigarette Tax

“While there has been a lot of backslapping and clapping and ‘We finally got it done,’ we have not gotten it done,” warns state senator Anthony Williams (at left in photo).

07/07/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman James Kenney, in file photo.)

Nutter Weighing City Council’s Bill to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Pot

The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Jim Kenney, estimates that the new marijuana policy could save the police department and the courts $4 million a year.

06/19/2014

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