Philadelphia negotiating over tax credits to condos that pay for trash hauling

A City Council Committee has approved a bill to pick up the costs of trash removal for condominiums in Philadelphia. 


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a law in 2005 mandating trash pickups for all condo units. The bill would give condos that pay to haul their own trash a $200 per year per unit tax credit. If implemented, Philadelphia would lose $6 million a year on those credits.


Society Hill Towners resident Marsha Bacal says she’s been fighting 10 years to end the inequity between condo owners and other homeowners in Philadelphia.

“The concept of homeowner seems to be a problem here, because we are vertical we considered second class,” said Bacal. “We are not homeowners in the same light as those who live on a horizontal basis.”

Councilman Jim Kenney says he still has to negotiate to see if there are amendments that can be done to win support from the Nutter administration.

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