November 6, 1988 |
Here's one scene that has been repeated time and again at local meetings throughout Chester County: A developer presents plans for construction and promises that the project will be good for tax ratables. Local officials, starved for new revenues to support the weight of their sometimes bloated budgets, gobble up the promise. But as this year's budget planning season reaches its peak, local officials throughout the county are questioning the wisdom of rapid development as a means to generate revenue and keep taxes for residents to a minimum.
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
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.
December 19, 2015
NORRISTOWN - Montgomery County commissioners passed a $390 million 2016 operating budget Thursday with a 9.8 percent tax increase. The budget is "clearly honest and clearly fiscally responsible," said Josh Shapiro, chairman of the county commissioners. Officials have attributed the increase in taxes to rising costs of debt service, inmate health care, and an arbitration award for corrections officers at the county jail. The tax rate for 2016 will be $3.45 for every $1,000 in assessed value.
February 11, 1988 |
Tax increases ranging from an estimated 8 cents to 15 cents would be levied on taxpayers in the Eastern Regional School District if voters approved an $18.5 million bond issue, according to figures presented by the school board at a public hearing last night. The bond issue is being proposed to build a 168,000-square-foot addition to the high school. School board members said the addition would be used as an intermediate high school for ninth and tenth graders, while the existing building would be used primarily for 11th and 12th graders.