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(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.


(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.


(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.


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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.


(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.


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Nutter Unveils New Budget Plan; Possible Sticker Shock For Homeowners

Philadelphia property owners, residential and commercial, brace yourself: Mayor Nutter is unveiling a new budget while laying out a plan that will mean higher property taxes for many.


(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia City Council Schedules Neighborhood Hearings On City’s Next Budget

City Council has announced its plans for public hearings on the mayor’s proposed spending plan — and they’re taking it on the road.


(Mayor Nutter, in file photo.  Credit: Bobby Bank/ Getty Images)

Nutter’s Next City Budget To Have No Tax Increases

No new taxes: that’s the pledge — for now — from the Nutter administration.


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New Poll Says Philadelphians Concerned About Tax Hikes Yet Eager For Services

Poll director Larry Eichel doesn’t see those findings — a desire to lower taxes and yet preserve services — as contradictory.


(Mayor Michael Nutter meets with members of his administration to discuss the possible impact of state budget cuts.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

As Philadelphia Eyes State Budget Cuts Ahead, Question Of City Tax Hike Looms

Mayor Nutter says it is too soon to say whether massive cuts in Governor Corbett’s proposed state budget will force the city to raise taxes to make up the shortfall.


File Photo: Dr. Donald Schwarz, Philadelphia's deputy mayor for health and opportunity.  (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Officials Warn State Cuts Will Decimate Mental Health Services Here

Dr. Donald Schwarz says he has “not seen anything like this before.”


A plow clears a Philadelphia street. (Credit: Ed Fischer)

No Snow: Bad News For Kids, Good News For City Budget Crunchers

Kids hoping for sledding instead of school may be disappointed by the lack of snow so far this winter. But city of Philadelphia budget crunchers are ecstatic.


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Philadelphia Reports Budget Surplus, Albeit Miniscule, For Fiscal Year 2011

The City of Philadelphia’s finances are so bleak these days that when a very slight budget surplus appears, officials call a news conference to crow about it.


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

Philadelphia Lawmakers Move Forward On Trash Collection Tax Rebate For Condos

Over the objections of the mayor, Philadelphia City Council has given preliminary okay to a $200 annual property tax rebate for condominium owners, because some use private trash haulers.


(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo)

Mayor Nutter Eyeing Additional 2 Percent Cuts In City Spending

A final decision will come in a week or so, after September tax revenue figures come in.