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NEWS
December 13, 1996 | By Jan Hefler, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
October 25, 1987 | By Kitty Dumas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 14, 1995 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1989 | BOB LARAMIE / DAILY NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 24, 2010 | By WILL BUNCH, bunchw@phillynews.com 215-854-2957
The good news for bloggers in Philadelphia - even those raking in the princely sum of $11 a year - is that there's not a secret team in the basement of City Hall reading your Web site and looking to hit you up for taxes and business fees. The bad news is that city officials do plan on working aggressively through federal tax records to find city-based income producers - not just bloggers but all types of freelancers - to make sure they're up to date with the city's one-time business privilege fee of $300 and other relevant taxes.
NEWS
May 16, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This is not the kind of kick envisioned when Major League Soccer decided to locate its newest franchise in the City of Chester. Desperately seeking revenue, Chester has informed Philadelphia Union officials that it is considering a 10 percent tax on ticket sales and a 20 percent charge for parking at PP&L Park, the team's home. The fees could add as much as $2 million to city coffers, but team owners see a "banana kick," a soccer term for a deceptive shot designed to curve behind a goalie.
NEWS
February 11, 1988 | By Gary Sternberg, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
October 19, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Stark differences on taxes dominated the first debate - a radio encounter - between Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick and Democratic challenger Kathy Boockvar Thursday, as the two clashed over their plans and how they would affect the middle class. Fitzpatrick called for leaving all personal tax rates at their current levels and cutting corporate rates, saying any tax hikes would harm the fragile economy. "We need to stop threatening to raise taxes on the American people and small businesses," Fitzpatrick said.
NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Chester Borough Council on Wednesday killed a proposed earned income tax that officials had said was necessary to save the borough's diminishing pension fund. Mayor Carolyn Comitta, who was in favor of the 0.25 percent tax increase, said she was "very disappointed" in the 4-3 council vote. "Quite frankly, it is in my opinion a mistake," she said. "You really can't kick these very important decisions down the road and that's what happened again. We're in the same place we were before.
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