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Finance Director Rob Dubow and City Council President Darrell Clarke (courtesy City of Philadelphia).

City Council Grills Nutter Aides On Property Tax Assessments

Aides to the mayor were in the hot seat Wednesday as city council members grilled them over the controversial new property assessments that have some residents fuming.

02/21/2013

(City budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, and city finance director Rob Dubow answer questions from city councilmembers about the city's decision to fight the contract award to firefighters.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Administration Defends Decision to Keep Fighting Firefighters’ Contract Award

The Council hearing came one day after the administration decided to continue the legal battle and appeal the arbitration award in Commonwealth Court.

12/12/2012

(Credit: Tim McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Controller Says City’s Financial Books Had Billions In Errors

City controller Alan Butkovitz says his office found numerous mistakes in the books for Fiscal Year 2011, which ended on June 30th of last year. The city finance director notes they represented accounting errors, not misplaced funds.

11/19/2012

(Local 22 president Bill Gault, right, with other fire union officials at the union's headquarters on July 17th.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Will Keep Fighting Arbitrators’ Award to Firefighters

Bill Gault, the head of firefighters’ union Local 22, called Nutter “arrogant,” and a member of the state board that oversees city finances called the decision “a red flag.”

07/27/2012

FILE PHOTO (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter To Reveal Latest Long-Range Budget Outlook This Week

City Council passed a budget last month, but the Nutter Administration’s financial woes are from over. This coming week the mayor must deliver a long-range spending plan to state officials.

07/22/2012

(File Photo Courtesy of Tony Hanson)

Controversy, Confusion Accompany City Property Tax Overhaul

Confusion reigns at Philadelphia City Hall as council and the Nutter Administration grapple over the already overdue budget as well as how to fix the property tax system.

06/05/2012

(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

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

Nutter’s Office, City Council Still Sparring Over Property Taxes

Nutter’s finance chief Rob Dubow tells Councilman Bill Green property tax hikes will be fair because they’re based on actual value of the home.

05/03/2012

(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

(Video frame from City of Phila. cable TV channel)

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.

03/08/2012

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.”

02/21/2012

(Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, last week.   Frame from City of Phila. TV)

Measure Would Yank Pensions From Philadelphia City Workers Convicted Of Child Sex Abuse

Councilwoman (and Penn State alumna) Blondell Reynolds-Brown has authored a bill in which any city employee convicted of sexual abuse of a minor would forfeit his or her city pension.

12/05/2011

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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.

10/28/2011

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