City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions

City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions

Philadelphia City Council began weeks of budget hearings Monday by looking at the city’s five-year plan. 

Council started their work on the budget presented by Mayor Jim Kenney (D) earlier this month. The five-year plan goes into fiscal year 2024, when Kenney would be finishing his second term should he win re-election. 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council expands property tax program

City Council expands property tax program

Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed expansion of their Longtime Owner-Occupants of Residential Properties tax relief program Thursday. 

This is the third legislative piece Council has discussed and passed since the start of 2019 regarding property tax relief. Some residents across the city, notably in lower-income areas, have seen their home values spike due to new construction and re-assessments. 
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Philly reforms bail policies, questions Temple expansion

Philly reforms bail policies, questions Temple expansion

Philadelphia City Council passed eight bills during their public session Thursday. They also withdrew a proposal that drew significant community criticism.

Most of the bills passed affect residential construction or improving properties in certain areas of the city.
Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
PA Supreme Court to take up appeal in Philadelphia Soda Tax case

PA Supreme Court to take up appeal in Philadelphia Soda Tax case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the appeal in Williams v. City of Philadelphia, the case working its way through the state courts challenging the legality of the beverage tax levied by the City of Philadelphia.

 

The court, in granting the appeal, limited review of the issue to the following question: “Does the City's Tax violate the Sterling Act, 53 P.S. § 15971, which prohibits Philadelphia from imposing a tax on a transaction or subject that the Commonwealth already taxes?”

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Gov. Wolf nominates Estelle Richman to School Reform Commission

Gov. Wolf nominates Estelle Richman to School Reform Commission

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday he intends to nominate Estelle Richman to the School Reform Commission.

 

Richman, a former Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare (now Human Services) under Gov. Ed Rendell, also recently served as a special advisor to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Friday, October 28, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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