City Council expands property tax program

City Council expands property tax program

Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed expansion of their Longtime Owner-Occupants of Residential Properties tax relief program Thursday. 

This is the third legislative piece Council has discussed and passed since the start of 2019 regarding property tax relief. Some residents across the city, notably in lower-income areas, have seen their home values spike due to new construction and re-assessments. 
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia City Commissioners select new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners select new voting machines

Philadelphia election officials Wednesday announced their selections for new voting machines and electronic sign-in books for city voting centers.

The three-member board of city commissioners chose the ExpressVote XL model from Election Systems and Software as the new voting machines for the city, and KNOWiNK as the new vendor for electronic sign-in books.

Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
DA Krasner touts success with cash bail reduction in Philadelphia

DA Krasner touts success with cash bail reduction in Philadelphia

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (D) discussed Tuesday the progress made in reducing people jailed and re-arrested in the year since his removal of cash bail requirements for certain charges.

Last year, Krasner announced a new policy that removed cash bail requirements for 25 low-level charges. He cited the detrimental effect the bail had on lower-income residents, especially people of color. Thursday will be the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the new course of action.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Councilmember proposes putting minimum wage increase to referendum

Councilmember proposes putting minimum wage increase to referendum

Philadelphia’s elected leadership and labor advocates have fully backed a raise to the minimum wage in the state. Now they have a plan to put it to a vote locally and see if the people can spur action in Harrisburg.

Councilmember Cherelle Parker (D-District 9) introduced a proposal Thursday to City Council that would make a ballot question on the future of the state’s minimum wage. It would appear on the May 21st primary.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council passes cashless businesses ban

City Council passes cashless businesses ban

Philadelphia’s City Council passed an ordinance Thursday to ban cashless businesses from the city by a 12-4 vote, following a vigorous floor debate.

Council took up the measure to ensure citizens who operate without credit or debit cards have access to businesses across Philadelphia. Certain food establishments and other tech-savvy retailers have gone cashless to expedite service and lower costs. The measure has received national coverage, including mention on “CBS This Morning” Thursday before the vote.

Thursday, February 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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