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Philly City Council sends budget, property tax relief to Mayor Kenney’s desk
The budget includes no tax hikes, steps to ease the tax burden of rising property valuations, and a spending increase for violence prevention measures.
6 days ago
Agreement over funds for Philly Council member’s district puts Rebuild back on track
Details of the agreement haven’t been made public, but Councilmember Bass allowed a resolution to pass after she sought more funding for her district.
1 week ago
Philly parks draw visitors from 6 countries during international conference
The Greater & Greener conference brought close to a thousand park leaders and professionals from six countries to check out Philly’s parks.
Northeast Philly Airport could go solar
If City Council approves the plan, the Philadelphia Energy Authority could buy energy from a 1.5 megawatt solar project to be built at Northeast Airport.
With an interactive display, Philly begins collecting community input for the Ben Franklin Parkway
Community members share hopes for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway through an interactive display.
2 weeks ago
Rebuild funds on hold as Council member seeks $20 million more for her Philly district
Councilmember Cindy Bass chairs the committee that could pump the brakes on Rebuild. She says her district is being shortchanged for no reason.
South Philly refinery re-do features trucking, despite calls for carbon-free development
Community groups representing areas that endured refinery pollution for 150 years say they have not gotten a say in the redevelopment plans.
City Council passes bill to end ‘prison gerrymandering’ in Philly
New bike lanes and builder notifications for residential construction are also part of a flurry of legislation passed before council breaks for the summer.
University City Townhomes tenants could get more time to relocate before closure
The property owner has asked HUD to extend its affordable housing contract to Sept. 7 as residents wait for the vouchers they need to move.
Philly officials want you to reimagine the Ben Franklin Parkway
The engagement initiative is part of a long-term plan to transform the area from Logan Circle to the art museum into a more welcoming, “people-centric” space.
These tax relief bills must pass amid Philly property reassessments
Community Legal Services breaks down a package of bills that aim to lessen the burden for Philly homeowners after residential property values went up by an average of 31%.
Legislative effort to rehire retired Philly police officers is on ice
Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration could take action on its own, but it’s unclear if or when that might happen.
3 weeks ago
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