Philadelphia Budget

(Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow, center of photo, is questioned by city councilman Bill Green, back to camera at lower right, during a city budget hearing.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council Feels Squeeze of Budget Deadline Amid Open Questions

The mayor’s budget hinges on state approval of a homestead exemption, and separately, gaining the ability to adjust the split of property taxes between the city and the school district.

05/23/2012

(File photo.  Credit: Tony Hanson)

Philadelphia City Council Staring At June 1st Budget Passage Deadline

“Being the optimist that I am, I believe we can get this done on time,” says Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke.

05/17/2012

(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz at a press conference on Wednesday.  Credit: Mark Abrams)

City Controller Says Philadelphia Is Failing To Collect $$$ for Ambulance Services

City controller Alan Butkovitz says a review of ambulance billings by the city for 2011 shows it only collected $34 million of the $82.5 million it billed — about 42 percent.

05/09/2012

(US Sen. Bob Casey, partially obscured at left, listens as Diane Neary, widow of Philadelphia firefighter Robert Neary, speaks at 30th Street Station in West Philadelphia.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Local Officials and Fireman’s Widow Call For More Federal Funds For Firefighters

“You need to follow and make sure these funds are not delegated for anything other than to stop these brownouts, to support our firemen,” said Diane Neary, whose husband Robert was killed in a warehouse fire last month in Kensington.

05/07/2012

(credit: Steve Tawa)

DA Seth Williams Asks For Budget Increase To Prosecute Violent Crime

District Attorney Seth Williams pointed to a bar chart behind him, as he testified in council chambers, showing how the 22 largest counties in America fund their prosecutors.

05/02/2012

Philadelphia Elections Commissioner Stephanie Singer shows off a voting booth. (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Commissioner Wants More Money To Pay Election Workers

The new overseer of Philadelphia elections went before City Council with hat in hand asking for more money to pay the people who man the polls.

05/01/2012

(Arthur Evans, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health commissioner, testifies before a Philadelphia City Council budget hearing.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Official Warns of State Cuts Affecting Those With Mental Issues

“The amount of moving around of dollars that we can do is minimal,” said Arthur Evans, the city’s commissioner of Behavioral Health, “but we will do the best that we can to try to mitigate those kinds of catastrophic cuts.”

04/30/2012

City Council Wrestles With Phila. Fire Department Budget Issues

With the deaths of two firefighters on their minds, Philadelphia City Council memberson Wednesday grilled the fire commissioner about the controversial policy of temporarily closing fire stations — a tactic known as “brownouts.”

04/11/2012

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

Philadelphia Councilman Defends Spending Thousands For ‘Tweets,’ Facebooking

Councilman-at-large Jim Kenney hired a Philadelphia-based company called Chatterblast. The cost was $28,000, paid for by taxpayers.

04/04/2012

(City officials testify before Philadelphia City Council regarding next year's budget.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Wrestling With Expected Impact Of State Ruling On City Tax Formula

The ruling could cost the city and the school district millions of dollars.

04/04/2012

(Rob Dubow, during testimony to City Council on Monday.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Grill City’s Finance Chief On Planned Property Tax Changes

One day after the head of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission admitted to financial mismanagement under the SRC’s previous leadership, City Council members voiced misgivings about raising an extra $90 million to help bail out the school district.

03/28/2012

(Philadelphia city finance director Rob Dubow, left, and Councilman Bill Green.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Amid Plan To Revamp Philadelphia Property Assessments, Questions Of Higher Taxes

Mayor Nutter’s budget experts were in the hot seat as Philadelphia City Council opened hearings on Nutter’s plan to revamp the way property assessments are calculated in the city.

03/26/2012

(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Lawmaker Wants One-Year Delay In Property Taxation Overhaul Plan

City councilman Mark Squilla is proposing putting the brakes on Mayor Nutter’s plan to revamp Philadelphia’s broken property assessment system.

03/22/2012

(Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Southeastern Pa. Counties Join To Battle Corbett’s Planned Budget Cuts

At issue at the Philadelphia City Council hearing was the governor’s plan to consolidate social service funding into “block grants” while shrinking the level of funding by about 20 percent.

03/20/2012

(Members of District Council 33 rally in Love Park, across from City Hall, prior to Mayor Nutter's budget address.  Credit: Jim Melwert)

Philadelphia City Workers Angered Over Mayor’s Budget Priorities

The union representing blue-collar municipal workers in Philadelphia says, after three years with no new contract, it’s time the mayor gets serious about their negotiations.

03/08/2012

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