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(The July 21, 2014 meeting of the PICA board.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

With Misgivings, State Overseers OK Philadelphia’s Five-Year Budget

The head of the PICA board told the mayor’s finance director that he’d like to see the city do more belt-tightening in order to start a rainy day fund.

07/21/2014

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Officials Scrambling as School District Real Estate Sell-off Falters

At a Council hearing this morning, school district COO Fran Burns said seven of the 27 buildings have buyers, and the rest are not likely to bring in as much as had been hoped.

06/04/2014

(Carla Pagan testifies before Philadelphia City Council about the work of the Board of Revision of Taxes, where she is executive director.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Pay Raises Grease the Machinery at Phila. Property Tax Review Board

BRT executive director Carla Pagan confirmed that the measure approved last month by Council to give board members a pay raise had its intended effect: the BRT has now greatly increased the number of appeals it is hearing.

04/22/2014

(Philadelphia City Council.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Moves Toward Overhaul of City’s Main Business Tax

A City Council committee has okayed a major change in the city’s Business Income and Receipts Tax, but any final vote may not come for many months.

12/11/2013

(Credit: Carol Highsmith)

Debate Over Giving Commercial Property Owners A Break If Appealing New Assessments

City council and the mayor are split over extending a grace period for those whose appeals are still pending when the bills come due.

10/05/2013

(City finance director Rob Dubow, left, and Councilman Brian O'Neill, right, disagreed on the best course of action to raise $50 million for Philadelphia's schools.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Snub Nutter-Corbett Plan For Funding City’s Schools

Over the objections of the Nutter administration, a City Council committee has approved its own plan to funnel an extra $50 million to the city’s cash-starved school district.

10/03/2013

(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

(The board of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority meets with Philadelphia budgeting officials.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Oversight Agency Postpones Approval Vote on Phila. Five-Year Budget

PICA Board chairman Sam Katz says he wants more information from the Nutter administration about money the city would have to set aside for unresolved municipal labor contracts.

07/30/2013

(Nutter administration finance director Rob Dubow testifies before City Council's finance committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Committee Pushes Alternative Funding Source For School Budget Gap

Rob Dubow, the mayor’s finance director, argued against raising the city’s “U&O” business tax and in favor of boosting taxes on liquor and cigarettes.

05/17/2013

(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

file photo (credit: KYW's Mike DeNardo)

City Officials Trying To Find Money For School District

City Council members are wondering how they and the mayor will come up with an extra $60-million for the school district and whether the state will do its share.

04/24/2013

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., in 2011 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Goode Proposes Changes For Tax Abatement Program

“We’re giving away money (through the abatement) that we don’t necessarily need to give away,” Goode said. “And at the same time, driving up tax bills for everyone else.”

04/24/2013

(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

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, at rear, tries in vain to restore order before recessing the Council session in the midst of Mayor Nutter's address.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Nutter’s Budget Address Disrupted By Angry Protesters

The chambers of Philadelphia City Council were packed to the rafters with angry union members as mayor Michael Nutter prepared to unveil his new budget.

03/14/2013

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