Philadelphia tax abatement reform clears first hurdle in City Council

Philadelphia tax abatement reform clears first hurdle in City Council

A bill to phase out Philadelphia’s controversial property tax abatement advanced out of City Council’s Committee of the Whole Tuesday, following a lengthy afternoon hearing and a unanimous vote.
 
The legislation would reduce the amount new residential property owners can avoid in taxes over the next ten years. The incentive to build new properties has been in effect for about 20 years and led to population growth, renaissances in some neighborhoods, and a boost in property values in most sections of the city.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia heading for second pre-emption battle with General Assembly

Philadelphia heading for second pre-emption battle with General Assembly

City Council passed a bill Thursday banning firearms and other weapons from parks and recreation centers. The action could lead to a second round of pre-emption battles with the state legislature.
 
The ban would appear to run afoul of state laws that prevent municipalities from enacting their own restrictions on gun carrying. One week prior, the council passed a red flag law that would allow firearms to be removed from the possession of those deemed a risk to themselves or others via court order.
Monday, November 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council introduces phasing out of real estate tax abatement

City Council introduces phasing out of real estate tax abatement

Staffers and visitors waited in the caucus room Thursday morning longer than usual for the weekly lead-up for Philadelphia’s City Council to begin. Considering the weeks and months many waited for tax abatement reform, an extra hour wasn’t so egregious. 

City Council introduced a plan to phase out the tax abatement on new residential properties starting next fiscal year. The tax break has been labeled a culprit in the city’s rising gentrification and property tax increases, which may have influenced the votes in November’s election.
Thursday, November 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philly “red flag” laws awaiting review and Mayor’s signature

Philly “red flag” laws awaiting review and Mayor’s signature

A bill authorizing the removal of guns from those considered a threat to themselves and others passed Philadelphia City Council and now awaits the signature of Mayor Jim Kenney (D). If signed, it will likely face a legal challenge. 

Philadelphia is the second major jurisdiction in the commonwealth to pass legislation regarding protective orders against citizens that would remove firearms from their possession. The one passed in Allegheny County has already been challenged in court and a county judge deemed it “void and unenforceable” last month.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
City Council passes red flag law, tenant representation guarantee

City Council passes red flag law, tenant representation guarantee

Philadelphia City Council passed and amended a series of bills Thursday. Notable were new guidelines to provide Gun Violence Protection Orders and the establishment of city-funded defendant lawyers for those facing eviction.
 
With the vote, Philadelphia becomes the fifth major city to subsidize defense for low-income renters facing legal proceedings towards eviction. The bill was sponsored by Councilmember Helen Gym (D-At Large) and co-sponsored by six other councilmembers.
Thursday, November 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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