May 16, 1986 |
A proposed tax on over-the-bar drinks was withdrawn by its City Council sponsor yesterday after a consultant concluded the move would further harm the city's declining retail liquor industry. After a brief public hearing, Councilman John F. Street told a cheering crowd of around 100 bar and restaurant representatives that "there are sufficient questions that should cause us to hesitate and not act on this tax. " As a way to raise money for the Philadelphia School District, Street last fall proposed a tax of up to 10 percent on alcoholic beverages served at bars and restaurants.
September 14, 2006
MR. Mayor and City Council: How can you allow the business-privilege tax to continue now that you know the city has a budget surplus that more than offsets the revenue that would have been lost by phasing it out? This tax clearly drives businesses out of Philly and prevents new businesses from locating here. It can only contribute to the city's long, slow population decline. And frankly, I don't see much in the way of return through improved services. I want Philly to stop being a high-tax, low-services city that is losing jobs and people.
March 6, 1996 |
Township Council last night unanimously introduced a $19.47 million municipal budget for 1996 that would increase the local-purpose tax rate by 7.8 cents, an increase of almost 8 percent. The rate, currently at 98.7 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, would increase to $1.065 if the budget is adopted following a public hearing, set for 8:30 p.m. April 2 at the municipal building. For the owner of a home assessed at the township average of $90,000, the proposed spending plan would mean a yearly municipal tax bill of $958.
January 5, 1988 |
Many of you by now have received your 1987 federal income tax forms - and probably tucked them away, leaving the dreaded chore of computing your taxes for another day. This year, more than any other, that could be a bad mistake. You may find you owe the government more than you anticipated because too little tax was withheld from your paycheck. That could leave you scrambling at the last minute to come up with cash to cover the shortfall. The problem stems from the new tax law and the Internal Revenue Service's new W-4 tax withholding forms.
April 1, 2012 |
DUBLIN - Debt-mired Ireland is facing a revolt over its new property tax. The government said less than half of the country's 1.6 million households had paid the charge by Saturday's deadline to avoid penalties. And about 5,000 marched in protest against the annual conference of Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael party. Emotions ran raw as police backed by officers on horseback stopped demonstrators from entering the Dublin Convention Centre. Many protesters booed and heckled passers-by who were wearing Fine Gael conference passes, some screaming vulgar insults in their faces.
June 6, 2015 |
Philadelphia City Council launched its school-funding counterplan to Mayor Nutter's proposed property-tax increase Thursday, calling for raising taxes on parking lots and businesses as well as a much milder boost in property taxes than Nutter wants. The three bills introduced Thursday would generate far less than what the School District says it needs. They would bring in an estimated $70 million - more than two-thirds of the $103 million Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. is seeking.
March 7, 1988 |
Under the glare of television lights, Susan Bass Levin took a seat next to the smiling talk-show host and confessed that she was nervous. Cherry Hill's ordinarily poised and confident mayor was about to explain why the township's budget would require an 82 percent local tax increase this year. And she was going to do it on a live television call-in show. Before the broadcast on NYT Cable TV on Thursday evening, Levin fidgeted in her powder-blue chair. But after a quick run-through, she was ready to go. "I'll be fine," Levin said after the practice run. "I've been through this so many times, I could do it in my sleep.
December 10, 2002 |
Just three Bucks County residents attended the sole public hearing on a proposed 2003 budget that would raise property taxes by 8.1 percent. But, as County Commissioner Charles H. Martin noted during the meeting last night at the county courthouse, "that's three more than last year. " Notwithstanding the meager public input, commissioners pledged to reduce the tax increase before they vote on the budget Dec. 18. "The bottom line is we've asked the Finance Department to reduce the [tax increase]
May 22, 1986 |
A Senate subcommittee yesterday approved a bill that would add a tax of as much as 25 percent to the cost of all sound-recording machines not equipped with a new anti-copying device. The device prevents the duplication of records, compact disks and prerecorded tapes. The proposed bill, which now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration, is intended to recoup income for record companies and recording artists that they say has been lost because of home taping.
December 3, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett's administration has joined talks on transportation-funding proposals and is showing interest in legislation that would increase a tax paid by gas-station owners to pump more money into highway and bridge construction and repair, a top state senator told the Associated Press on Friday. Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John Rafferty, R-Montgomery, said he hopes to introduce a bill in January that will include input from key Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate, as well as the governor.