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October 25, 1987 | By Dwight Ott, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a move sure to be watched by other townships, Mount Laurel has placed a ticklish issue on a nonbinding ballot: Are condominium dwellers in Mount Laurel entitled to the same municipal services provided to other private residences in the township? "The outcome of this election and the resolution of this issue in Mount Laurel will no doubt (affect) many other municipalities faced with the same question," Mayor Ralph Ciniglia Sr. said in a recent issue of a township news guide. The ballot asks the question: "Should the township of Mount Laurel expand municipal services to include trash collection services to condominium communities with the township?"
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March 13, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
DISCIPLINARY hearings are to begin Tuesday for seven Philadelphia Fire Department members implicated in a sex scandal. But the closed proceedings are likely to shed little light on any systemic problems underlying allegations that a troubled young paramedic was coerced into countless unwanted sexual encounters after she joined the department in 2011. That's because the city Inspector General's Office, which investigated the scandal and recommended discipline, focused on the men in question rather than on the department as a whole, said Joe Schulle, president of the union representing the city's firefighters and paramedics.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie made an obscure service famous when he urged people in need of social services to call the 211 hotline. In Philadelphia, that gubernatorial endorsement only drove home the absence of a similar service across the river from New Jersey. But on Monday, officials with the United Way here announced the launch of a 211 hotline for the five-county Philadelphia area. Jill Michael, president and chief executive of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, said the current economic climate and recent nearby crises such as Sandy prompted the Pennsylvania United Way to finally fund the service.
NEWS
January 10, 1988 | By Melinda Deanna Anderson, Special to The Inquirer
The Sadsbury Board of Supervisors, responding to concerns regarding trash pickup along the town lines, has voted to provide municipal services only to those who are paying taxes in the township. Warren F. Tritt, vice chairman, said at a meeting Monday that a man in the southern part of the township had been putting his trash out for the Sadsbury sanitation crews to collect, though no taxes were being paid to the township. The problem, Tritt said, is that the residence is in Highland Township, but the entrance to the driveway is in Sadsbury.
NEWS
June 27, 2000 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The owners of a Center City condominium tower and a Northeast apartment complex sued the city in federal court yesterday, contending their residents' equal-protection rights are being violated by the city's refusal to provide trash removal. The lawsuit by the condominium association of the Philadelphian, at 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, and Welsh Walnut Associates, owner of the Manchester Apartments at 2800 Welsh Rd., also challenged the constitutionality of the city's one-year-old multifamily-dwelling licensing fee. The law, enacted last June, requires condominium and apartment owners to pay the city an annual license fee of $25 per unit to a maximum annual fee of $10,000 per building.
NEWS
July 9, 2011
Had PhillyStat been brought back sooner than this week, it might have been a tool Mayor Nutter could have used to craft a budget without resorting yet again to raising taxes. So, Philadelphia property owners and, indeed, all city taxpayers should welcome the return of the data-management program. A more methodical approach to tracking municipal services certainly will be useful if Nutter intends to streamline and modernize city government. A School District funding crisis - admittedly driven, in large part, by cutbacks in state aid by Gov. Corbett - triggered a nearly 4 percent hike in real-estate taxes.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cherry Hill is heading toward its third year in a row without a municipal-tax increase. The township council on Monday night adopted a preliminary levy for fiscal 2015 with a zero increase. The township's tax levy is $43.9 million for fiscal 2015, the same as this fiscal year's. Under state law, a municipality that operates under a state fiscal calendar is required to certify a preliminary levy to calculate the municipal portion of the third and fourth installments of property taxes.
NEWS
October 25, 1987 | By Mike Franolich, Special to The Inquirer
With a mayoral post and two council seats at stake, Oaklyn's Democrats are campaigning to keep the local tax rate down while upgrading municipal services. But they are being opposed by Republican hopefuls who promise to increase municipal services. The town's 2,300 registered voters will choose between Democratic Councilman James Grudzinski, 32, and Republican Raymond D. Lista Sr., 50, for the four-year mayoral term. Grudzinski, the council president, said he wanted to "continue the cleanup of Newton Creek and begin on Peter's Creek.
NEWS
June 17, 1990 | By Rita M. Sutter, Special to The Inquirer
Homeowners in Country Estates, a development of 528 townhouses in Lumberton, may not be entitled to state-mandated municipal services, officials say, because private roads in the development are not up to municipal standards. Country Estates Association has requested that Lumberton provide trash pickup, snow removal and street maintenance for the taxes its members pay to the municipality. In addition to taxes, residents in the 220 occupied units pay a $41 monthly service fee to the association to cover the cost of hiring private contractors.
NEWS
November 29, 1990 | By WALTER M. PHILLIPS JR
As Philadelphia's fiscal plight continues, proposed solutions have reverberated across the landscape from all quarters, but none have focused on taking advantage of the real strength of this city - its neighborhoods. The existence of strong neighborhood organizations in Philadelphia makes possible an innovative and cost-saving method of delivering municipal services - transferring the responsibility for the provision of selected services to the neighborhoods themselves. Of course, not every municipal service is amenable to neighborhood delivery.
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March 19, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWO OF THE SEVEN firefighters embroiled in a lurid sex scandal have decided to accept their punishment, officials said yesterday. The two men had been scheduled to appear in front of a disciplinary trial board yesterday in response to allegations that a troubled young paramedic was goaded into performing humiliating, unwanted sex acts - some of which reportedly were filmed by the participants and shared without her permission - since joining the...
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March 13, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
DISCIPLINARY hearings are to begin Tuesday for seven Philadelphia Fire Department members implicated in a sex scandal. But the closed proceedings are likely to shed little light on any systemic problems underlying allegations that a troubled young paramedic was coerced into countless unwanted sexual encounters after she joined the department in 2011. That's because the city Inspector General's Office, which investigated the scandal and recommended discipline, focused on the men in question rather than on the department as a whole, said Joe Schulle, president of the union representing the city's firefighters and paramedics.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
With four years separating Medford Township from a fiscal crisis that nearly put it in default, not to mention an embarrassing sex scandal involving its former mayor, town leaders are preparing to host the latest in a series of workshops called the Local Government Institute designed to educate residents about how local government works. Starting in September, elected officials, board members, emergency management leaders, and others will discuss the workings of their boards and agencies in biweekly sessions open to the public.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cherry Hill is heading toward its third year in a row without a municipal-tax increase. The township council on Monday night adopted a preliminary levy for fiscal 2015 with a zero increase. The township's tax levy is $43.9 million for fiscal 2015, the same as this fiscal year's. Under state law, a municipality that operates under a state fiscal calendar is required to certify a preliminary levy to calculate the municipal portion of the third and fourth installments of property taxes.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie made an obscure service famous when he urged people in need of social services to call the 211 hotline. In Philadelphia, that gubernatorial endorsement only drove home the absence of a similar service across the river from New Jersey. But on Monday, officials with the United Way here announced the launch of a 211 hotline for the five-county Philadelphia area. Jill Michal, president and chief executive of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, said the current economic climate and recent nearby crises such as Sandy prompted the Pennsylvania United Way to finally fund the service.
NEWS
February 11, 2013
Residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania can now dial a special phone number, 211, for help navigating social services. Kudos are due to the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and the city of Philadelphia, which made the nearly $1 million investment needed to launch and operate the system. Too many people seeking government or charity help, especially for the first time, aren't sure where to turn, and many go without the help they need as a result. With its formal launch set for today - this being 2/11 - the new number is designed to serve as a clearinghouse for assistance, helping those in need make their way through the maze of health and human-services agencies.
NEWS
August 7, 2012
Mayor Nutter's decision to appeal a second arbitration ruling that gives city firefighters a raise tests his apparent strategy of kicking the can down the road on labor agreements with most of the municipal workforce. Given that Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters won the city's earlier appeal over the wage-and-benefits contract crafted by an arbitration panel, the mayor's approach to reaching a settlement with the firefighters, as well as negotiating contracts for the city's 16,000 non-uniformed workers, is wearying.
NEWS
January 23, 2012
Melvin deserves due process Equally important to the effective administration of justice by our courts is ensuring public confidence in an unbiased judiciary. But recent calls for state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin to vacate the bench ("Supreme Court justice needs to step aside," Wednesday) are dangerously premature and circumvent the due process that is afforded to all citizens, including judges. The circumstances surrounding the grand jury investigation of Melvin are indeed concerning.
NEWS
July 9, 2011
Had PhillyStat been brought back sooner than this week, it might have been a tool Mayor Nutter could have used to craft a budget without resorting yet again to raising taxes. So, Philadelphia property owners and, indeed, all city taxpayers should welcome the return of the data-management program. A more methodical approach to tracking municipal services certainly will be useful if Nutter intends to streamline and modernize city government. A School District funding crisis - admittedly driven, in large part, by cutbacks in state aid by Gov. Corbett - triggered a nearly 4 percent hike in real-estate taxes.
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