City Council should confront the School District’s financial crisis and the city’s broken property tax system separately, the Inquirer editorialized on Sunday. Practically speaking the Actual Value Initiative and the budget should not be intertwined because property assessments won’t be finished until after the budget deadline. By separating these issues, AVI could be revenue-neutral (as originally conceived), and school funding could be addressed independently. It is, the editorial argues, a matter of fairness and transparency to taxpayers.
The Central Delaware Advocacy Group has mixed feelings about the draft zoning overlay for the Central Delaware Waterfront, reports PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates. Among the sticking points: exceptions to the 100-foot height limit, billboards, and extending 10 streets to the river to provide waterfront access. The push is on, however, to finalize the draft so that Council can approve the overlay prior to August when the new zoning code will go into effect.
The largely non-union workforce working to convert the Goldtex factory at 12th and Wood should be back on the job today, the Daily News reports. The city has lifted a stop-work order issued because some subcontractors did not have proper licenses and permits. Union workers have been protesting the job site.
Philly’s burgeoning food truck scene is getting noticed. An article in the NY Times travel section this weekend visited with Pitruco Pizza, Lucky Old Souls, and Sweetbox and gave a shout out to the Food Trust’s Night Markets.
Pennsylvania collected $1.5 billion in tax revenue from gambling last year, ranking behind Nevada and New Jersey, the Associated Press reports.
Philadelphia Media Network publisher Greg Osberg stepped down on Friday, one month after the company changed hands, the Daily News reports. Bob Hall, who previously served as publisher of the Inquirer and Daily News from 1990-2003, is replacing Osberg.
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