Next Phila. Budget To Target Demolition Safety, Libraries, Union ContractsAccording to a budget overview obtained by <em>KYW Newsradio,</em> additional money for inspectors will "strengthen demolition controls to ensure safe public and private demolitions."
Councilwoman Says Philadelphia Should Shift More Tax $$ To SchoolsCouncilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez proposes upping the school district's share from 55 percent to 60 percent, which she says would shift about $53 million per year from the city to the schools without raising taxes.
Council Approves $33-Million Tax Break For Center City Hotel ProjectDeveloper Brooke Lenfest (center of photo) wants to build two hotels -- a "W" and an "Element" -- on what is now a parking lot at 15th and Chestnut Streets.
Philadelphia Moves Toward Overhaul of City's Main Business TaxA 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.
Philadelphia Launches Property Tax Gentrification Relief ProgramIt is the second major relief program to result from the new property assessments that were mailed out earlier this year, for tax bills that are due early next year.
State Oversight Agency OKs Philadelphia's Five-Year Budget PlanThe five members of PICA -– the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -– voted unanimously to approve Mayor Nutter's long-range budget despite misgivings over the slim surpluses and the looming cost of new union contracts.
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.
Controversial, Contentious Budget Was Hallmark of Phila. Council's Legislative SeasonAfter months of debate, Council president Darrell Clarke says he's proud of the final version of the Actual Value Initiative that Council has approved.
$2-a-Pack Cigarette Tax To Help School District Gets Initial OK by City CouncilBut whether the new tax ever gets final approval remains unclear.
Nutter, State Legislators Promise They'll Scrounge For School District Stopgap FundsMayor Nutter says he'll present a package of proposals in a week or so to raise $60 million for city schools.
Property, Wages, or...? Stakeholders Argue Philadelphia's Tax PolicyThe discussion, titled "Philadelphia Taxes -- Past, Present and Future." was organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Temple University's Center on Regional Politics.
Education Activists Plead For $60-Million Stopgap For Philadelphia SchoolsCouncil hasn't decided whether or how it can give the school district $60 million more, but dozens from the public urged Council to find a way.
Philadelphia School District Makes Its Case For Latest Funding Stopgap"The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year," SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.
Philadelphia Property Tax Appeals Could Take 1½ Years, Official SaysBRT executive director Carla Pagan says the time required will be determined by the number of formal appeals filed, which she estimates could range between 10,000 and 50,000, or more.
Philadelphia Revenue Chief Promises Firmer Hand Dealing With Tax DeadbeatsClarena Tolson, the longtime Philadelphia streets commissioner, is now the revenue commissioner.