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(Nutter administration budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, and Council president Darrell Clarke, at Wednesday's budget hearing.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

City Council, Administration Spar Over Condition of Philadelphia Police and Fire Houses

Council president Darrell Clarke singled out the police station in North Philadelphia where an officer had been stationed when he was slain last month.

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Councilman Kenney Says More Money Should Go Toward Fire House Maintenance

Councilman 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.


(A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  File photo by Andre Bennett)

Nutter Administration Thinks Sale of PGW Would Pay Off For City

The 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.


(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.



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.


(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

Council Wants To Give A Break To Homeowners Appealing Tax Assessments

City 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 city councilman Denny O'Brien tells city budget director Rebecca Rhynhart the city should stop fighting the firefighters' contract arbitration award.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Press Nutter Administration To Stop Blocking Fire Contract

Their frustration was evident in a speech made at the hearing by at-large councilman Denny O’Brien (at left in photo).


(Philadelphia fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers, right, testifies before City Council in April 2013.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Administration Stands Firm On Firehouse Brownouts

The 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 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.


(Rebecca Rhynhart testifies at a Philadelphia City Council budget hearing on the Parks and Recreation Department.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Budget Hearing Focuses On Parks Department’s Changing Fortunes

Supporters 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.


(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.


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Philadelphia Budget Sets Half A Million Aside For Reward Money

It 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.



Extra Cash For Philadelphia Fire Department OT, But Brownouts Expected To Stay

Mayor Michael Nutter’s new budget includes extra cash for Fire Department overtime. However, that does not mean he is changing his policy of rolling, temporary closures of fire stations.


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Mayor Nutter Budgets For Snow Removal Next Winter

After two straight winters in which snow removal costs topped $10 million, Mayor Nutter is, in his new budget, setting aside $4 million for next winter’s snow costs.



Mayor Nutter Sets Aside Funds To Address Property Tax Assessments In Philadelphia

The money will be used to hire 80 new property assessors and to upgrade and retool the computerized assessment system that officials now believe yielded flawed results.