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Philadelphia Budget

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

Property, Wages, or…? Stakeholders Argue Philadelphia’s Tax Policy

The discussion, titled “Philadelphia Taxes — Past, Present and Future.” was organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics.

05/03/2013

(Community activist Cheri Honkala testifies before Philadelphia City Council on the school budget crisis.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Education Activists Plead For $60-Million Stopgap For Philadelphia Schools

Council hasn’t decided whether or how it can give the school district $60 million more, but dozens from the public urged Council to find a way.

04/30/2013

(L-R: SRC chair Pedro Ramos, superintendent William Hite,  and district CFO Matthew Stanski.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Makes Its Case For Latest Funding Stopgap

“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.

04/29/2013

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

Philadelphia Property Tax Appeals Could Take 1½ Years, Official Says

BRT executive director Carla Pagan says the time required will be determined by the number of formal appeals filed, which she estimates could range between 10,000 and 50,000, or more.

04/23/2013

(Philadelphia revenue commissioner Clarena Tolson.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Revenue Chief Promises Firmer Hand Dealing With Tax Deadbeats

Clarena Tolson, the longtime Philadelphia streets commissioner, is now the revenue commissioner.

04/23/2013

(Philadelphia DA Seth Williams testifies about his department's proposed budget for next fiscal year.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia DA Says Mayor Is Underbudgeting Fighting Crime

DA Seth Williams went before City Council’s budget committee today asking for an extra $2.75 million above the nearly $32 million that Mayor Nutter has proposed for the district attorney’s office.

04/22/2013

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

Philadelphia Officials Holding Fast on Reporter Ban At Investors’ Meeting This Week

The Nutter administration is standing firm in its decision to bar reporters and the public from a meeting this week with Wall Street investors, despite a protest from several media outlets.

04/15/2013

(City finance director Rob Dubow, left, responds to a question from City Council president Darrell Clarke.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

At Philadelphia City Hall,Tug-of-War Over Filling School District’s Budget Gap

City Council president Darrell Clarke and others on Council questioned the mayor’s finance director, Rob Dubow, over whether the mayor himself will present a plan to raise an extra $60 million for the school district, or whether that political hot potato will fall in the lap of Council.

04/03/2013

(Demonstrators chant and whistle as Mayor Nutter leaves City Council chambers, unable to complete his budget address.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Slight Cool Down Between Nutter, Unions Day After Scuttled Budget Address

For Mayor Nutter and the two non-uniformed city worker unions, the day after Nutter’s scuttled budget address saw only a slight cooling-down of the rhetoric.

03/15/2013

(Demonstrators chant and whistle as Mayor Nutter leaves City Council chambers, unable to complete his budget address.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Were Anti-Nutter Hecklers Paid With Sick Days?

Hundreds of city workers whistled, jeered and shouted at the mayor as he tried to deliver his speech in City Council on Thursday.

03/15/2013

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, at rear, tries in vain to restore order before recessing the Council session in the midst of Mayor Nutter's address.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Nutter’s Budget Address Disrupted By Angry Protesters

The chambers of Philadelphia City Council were packed to the rafters with angry union members as mayor Michael Nutter prepared to unveil his new budget.

03/14/2013

(A parking kiosk in center city  Philadelphia.  Credit: John McDevitt)

PPA Predicts Fewer Parking Violations, Less Revenue For City, Schools

The budget for the coming year — adopted Monday by the Parking Authority’s board — predicts that the on-street division will see a $4 million decline in net revenue — essentially profit that is forwarded to the city and school district.

02/26/2013

(Members of the Philadelphia firefighters' union, Local 22, at City Hall today for a hearing on the ongoing pay dispute between the city and the union.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

City Still Trying To Overturn Firefighters’ Arbitration; ‘Sour Grapes,’ Says Union

Common Pleas Court judge Idee Fox heard nearly two hours of arguments on Monday from the city and the union over the arbitration award, which the city says it can’t afford.

10/15/2012

(Philadelphia School District "chief recovery officer" Thomas Knudsen, in file photo.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Needs To Borrow $300M To Get Through Next 2 Years

The school district’s five-year financial plan includes a huge loan, says chief recovery officer Tom Knudsen.

09/10/2012

(JFK Plaza, in file photo)

City Of Philadelphia Eyes Sale Of Parking Garage Under Love Park

The Nutter administration has taken the first step toward selling the parking garage under JFK Plaza, a block from City Hall.

08/28/2012

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