City Council

School starts in less than two weeks, and some students were invited to Citizens Bank Park to hang with the Phillie Phanatic and get excited about returning to the classroom.
Mike Dougherty | KYW Newsradio
Mike Dougherty
August 15, 2018 - 5:23 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the first time ever, the first day of school for Philadelphia kids will be before Labor Day. School starts in less than two weeks, and some students were invited to Citizens Bank Park to hang with the Phillie Phanatic and get excited about returning to the...
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A lot on the list requesting Keystone Opportunity Zone status.
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Pat Loeb
July 16, 2018 - 8:19 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Anyone who's dined at Fette Sau, had a drink at Frankford Hall or danced at Johnny Brenda's understands why Forbes magazine named Fishtown "the hottest neighborhood in the country." So it seems an odd place for the city to request tax-exempt status for 62 properties...
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City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart and Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
Pat Loeb | KYW Newsradio
Pat Loeb
July 11, 2018 - 5:21 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart said she will audit the Philadelphia Parking Authority, fulfilling a campaign promise. It will be the first city audit of the agency in nine years. Rhynhart said she is going to look at the expenses of the on-street parking operations...
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Mayor Jim Kenney signed two bills Wednesday removing gender language from two key city tax laws.
Mark Abrams | KYW Newsradio
Mark Abrams
June 20, 2018 - 6:09 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Mayor Jim Kenney signed two bills Wednesday removing gender language from two key city tax laws. The mayor's signature on the two bills eliminates the designation of "husband" and "wife" or "widow" or "widower" and replaces them with the gender-neutral term, "spouse...
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Dreamstime
Pat Loeb
June 13, 2018 - 5:23 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia officials have reached a contract agreement with District Council 47 , which represents white collar city workers. This is the final city labor contract to settle and represents a victory for the city because they now have secured pension reform from...
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City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart
Paul Kurtz | KYW Newsradio
Paul Kurtz
June 12, 2018 - 3:07 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Office of the City Controller released a report from the 2017 fiscal year that's highly critical of the city's accounting practices — namely, the $33 million in funds that are still unaccounted for. Imagine owning a business, making daily deposits, but never...
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City Council President Darrell Clarke and other council members announce an audit of the city's tax assessment agency.
Pat Loeb | KYW Newsradio
Pat Loeb
June 07, 2018 - 2:01 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Kenney administration is giving mixed reviews to Philadelphia City Council's version of the city budget. Council gave preliminary approval this week to a spending plan the includes some of the mayor's proposals — but not the real estate tax increase he requested...
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Dreamstime
Pat Loeb
June 06, 2018 - 8:59 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — During the end-of-the-year rush, City Council's Finance Committee held nearly eight hours of hearings Wednesday on more than a dozen bills, during which it voted to advance a hotly debated affordable housing initiative. The committee narrowly approved a bill placing a...
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Mayor Jim Kenney
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Pat Loeb
June 06, 2018 - 2:25 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Mayor Jim Kenney seems skeptical that the budget City Council passed on Tuesday will provide enough funds for the School District of Philadelphia, now just weeks away from returning to local control. Council rejected the mayor's request for a tax increase for schools...
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Philadelphia City Council
Pat Loeb | KYW Newsradio
Pat Loeb
June 05, 2018 - 8:07 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — City Council has given preliminary approval to a budget that funds public schools without raising real estate taxes. Mayor Jim Kenney asked for a 4 percent increase in the real estate tax rate to fund schools, but City Council President Darrell Clarke said coming on...
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