City Council, Administration Spar Over Condition of Philadelphia Police and Fire HousesCouncil president Darrell Clarke singled out the police station in North Philadelphia where an officer had been stationed when he was slain last month.
Councilman Kenney Says More Money Should Go Toward Fire House MaintenanceCouncilman James Kenney is an avid visitor to Penn's Landing, but he had difficulty squaring the Nutter Administration's $8-million in planned improvements on the waterfront, compared to just over $3-million in capital money this year to fix up fire stations.
Nutter Administration Thinks Sale of PGW Would Pay Off For CityThe financial advisor guiding the administration through the proposed sale of the city-owned natural gas utility now predicts a potential sale price of between $1.45 billion and $1.9 billion.
Philadelphia Finance Director Says 1¢ Sales Tax Hike Needs To RemainRob 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.
City Plans To Sell Parking Garage Underneath Love Park "It was apparent that over time it made much more sense financially to sell the garage than to continue to own it and get that million or so dollars a year," budget director Rebecca Rhynhart said.
Council Wants To Give A Break To Homeowners Appealing Tax AssessmentsCity Council committee has given initial approval to a bill that staves off next year's property tax bill for those who are still in the process of appealing the new assessment.
Philadelphia Lawmakers Press Nutter Administration To Stop Blocking Fire ContractTheir frustration was evident in a speech made at the hearing by at-large councilman Denny O'Brien (at left in photo).
Nutter Administration Stands Firm On Firehouse BrownoutsThe Nutter administration says the controversial fire department policy of station "brownouts" will continue even if City Council appropriates extra money to eliminate them.
Philadelphia DA Says Mayor Is Underbudgeting Fighting CrimeDA 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.
Philadelphia Budget Hearing Focuses On Parks Department's Changing FortunesSupporters of Philadelphia's vast Fairmount Park system packed City Council chambers on Tuesday, urging the lawmakers to restore park system funding that has been cut in recent years.
Philadelphia Lawmakers Move Forward On Trash Collection Tax Rebate For CondosOver 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.
Philadelphia Budget Sets Half A Million Aside For Reward MoneyIt is not a big-ticket item in Mayor Nutter's new budget, but police hope some new cash for rewards could help them solve the worst crimes.