PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – City Council’s vote last year to raise a particular fee from $30 to $750 prompted a flood of outrage and now has prompted a council committee to roll it back about halfway.
The city charges a fee to owners of vacant lots for the cleanup of the lots. Council decided last year to raise it considerably, and those bills went out for the first time last month. Darrell Zaslow of the Homeowners Association of Philadelphia testified Wednesday that the hike went too far:READ MORE: WHAT WAS THAT?: Why Delaware Residents Felt Earth Shaking Wednesday Morning
“Council proceeded to raise the fee to what was $30 to $750, an increase if my math is correct of 2,500 percent.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Announce Arrest Of Teen In Shooting Of 7 People Outside Golf & Social Club, Highlight Encouraging Trend
So the committee decided to roll back the fee to $300, and to exempt private lots that are used for gardens. The city says the higher fee is needed to cover the labor costs of the lot cleanup.
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