February 21, 1991 |
The Clifton Heights Borough Council has tabled an ordinance that would tax vacant properties after a Walnut Avenue resident blistered the proposal, saying it sounded as if the borough was "half-boarded up. " The resident, Mary Quinn, said newspaper articles about the ordinance had given the borough a bad image that is damaging property values. "I resent the implication (by council's action) that Clifton Heights is as bad as Philadelphia," she told the eight-member council at its business meeting Monday night.
December 13, 1996 |
In a surprise move, the Borough Council tabled two proposed ordinances that would have offered tax breaks to homeowners and businesses that make improvements to their properties. The ordinances would have exempted property owners from higher assessments for five years after an improvement was made. James Wittmeyer, of 10th Street, urged council to defeat the proposal, calling it discriminatory. He said taxpayers who don't upgrade their properties will effectively pay higher taxes as a result of the exemptions.
October 25, 1987 |
In January, the Republican Party swept the West Deptford Township Committee, gaining control after last year's election with a 4-1 majority. Committee members elected Frederick R. Marz, the first Republican mayor in 20 years. Marz is up for re-election to council this year, and he is the first to concede that this year has not been easy, even with the large Republican majority on the committee. First, there was the tax increase, then came the battle over the Verga Fire Company, a dispute that for months refused to be resolved and still is unsettled.
February 14, 1995 |
President Clinton yesterday sent to Congress, and to an apparently bleak fate, his bills to increase the minimum wage and to lower middle-class taxes. He also used an Oval Office ceremony to announce plans for a new domestic economic conference and to assail Republicans for "digging the country into a hole" and then criticizing his budget. "It is time for them to take a little responsibility. They were here during the years of the '80s when we created this deficit problem," Clinton said.
February 8, 2013
TOWER Investments Inc. owns more than 100 properties in Philadelphia, including The Piazza at Schmidt's and Liberties Walk, which are largely credited with the dramatic revitalization of parts of Northern Liberties, as well as Avenue North, which enhanced the burgeoning area around Temple University on North Broad Street. The other 100-plus properties we own across the city are in various stages of development. Tower Entertainment, another of my companies, hopes to be selected to develop the $700 million Provence Resort & Casino on the iconic former site of the Inquirer and Daily News . Of all this development activity that has reshaped the face of Philadelphia and generated thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue for the city, the taxes due on one property - one - eluded our controller.
March 30, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Here's a thought Pity Mayor Kenney didn't propose a tax on crooked politicians, judges, prosecutors, etc. That would be a gold mine for the city. |Mike Milliken, Drexel Hill
May 9, 2015 |
Rentals through Airbnb, the online marketplace where people can list their homes for short-term stays, could soon be taxed in Philadelphia. The Nutter administration is making the push ahead of the September visit of Pope Francis, when home rentals are expected to be in high demand. "People are bringing in money on this and, at least in the pope's visit, bringing in a decent amount of money," said City Councilman William K. Greenlee, who introduced a bill Thursday on behalf of the Nutter administration to regulate and tax short-term rentals.
March 26, 2016
By Atif Bostic Prekindergarten, community schools, and renovated parks and recreation centers are critically needed services for underserved residents in Philadelphia. But the Kenney administration's plan to fund these important programs with a beverage tax - an unstable and declining revenue source - puts them in jeopardy before they even get started. Moreover, the proposed tax, which would dramatically increase the average grocery bill, would hurt the very families that these programs are designed to serve.
September 18, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania House could vote as early as Wednesday to authorize Philadelphia to impose a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes to raise money for its cash-starved schools. The proposed tax had been caught in a legislative logjam since the summer, but appears on a fast track to Gov. Corbett's desk. The measure was approved Tuesday by the House Rules Committee, and is likely to be voted on by the full House on Wednesday or Monday. The bill would then be sent to the Senate, where legislative leaders have said it remains high on their priority list.
January 26, 1989 |
Trying to be a kinder, gentler Internal Revenue Service, agency staffers were at the Market Street East Station yesterday afternoon to distribute copies of tax booklets to commuters and to answer taxing questions. At left, IRS worker Gene Harris extends a helping hand, while Michael Miller (center, bottom photo) does the same.