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Philadelphia Budget

(City officials including Mayor Nutter announce the city's new tax relief program for gentrified properties.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Launches Property Tax Gentrification Relief Program

It is the second major relief program to result from the new property assessments that were mailed out earlier this year, for tax bills that are due early next year.

12/04/2013

(The PICA board meets on September 17th to consider the City of Philadelphia's five-year spending plan.  It was approved unanimously.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

State Oversight Agency OKs Philadelphia’s Five-Year Budget Plan

The five members of PICA -– the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -– voted unanimously to approve Mayor Nutter’s long-range budget despite misgivings over the slim surpluses and the looming cost of new union contracts.

09/17/2013

(City of Philadelphia budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, listens as city finance director Rob Dubow responds to a reporter's question.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Finance Director Says 1¢ Sales Tax Hike Needs To Remain

Rob Dubow says the Philadelphia school district’s budget woes could get worse if City Council doesn’t approve a bill to make permanent the once-temporary hike in the sales tax.

08/05/2013

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, in Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Controversial, Contentious Budget Was Hallmark of Phila. Council’s Legislative Season

After months of debate, Council president Darrell Clarke says he’s proud of the final version of the Actual Value Initiative that Council has approved.

06/20/2013

(File photo)

$2-a-Pack Cigarette Tax To Help School District Gets Initial OK by City Council

But whether the new tax ever gets final approval remains unclear.

05/29/2013

(Mayor Nutter with state legislators at Jackson Elementary School, in South Philadelphia.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Nutter, State Legislators Promise They’ll Scrounge For School District Stopgap Funds

Mayor Nutter says he’ll present a package of proposals in a week or so to raise $60 million for city schools.

05/09/2013

(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

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