Committee passes changes to real estate tax assistance

Committee passes changes to real estate tax assistance

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed an amended ordinance Tuesday altering tax exemption eligibility. The measure seeks to offer more homeowners the opportunity to save money by applying to the Longtime Owners Occupant Program by extending deadlines and increasing the cap on total exemptions.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Council votes down pharma regulations

Council votes down pharma regulations

Philadelphia’s City Council voted 9-5 against passing regulations on pharmaceutical sales and marketing Thursday.

The bill passed through the Health Committee last fall but had been held back from floor votes.It aimed to register pharmaceutical sales reps with the city, have them submit their marketing materials for approval, and ban them from bringing gifts to doctor’s offices. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee amends, passes deadline extension on senior tax refund program

Committee amends, passes deadline extension on senior tax refund program

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed an ordinance Tuesday extending the deadline for low-income senior citizens to apply for a refund or forgiveness of real estate taxes. Residents would now have until March 15 to file this year.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee advances cashless business ban

Committee advances cashless business ban

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Law and Government passed a measure banning businesses from refusing cash payments.

Philadelphia has seen an increase in cashless businesses, often higher-end quick service food retailers. Last week New Jersey passed a ban on such practices, the first state to do so since Massachusetts did so in 1978.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Henon on leave as Council passes resolutions, amends pharma regulations

Henon on leave as Council passes resolutions, amends pharma regulations

Councilman Bobby Henon (D-District 6) was absent from Philadelphia City Council session Thursday, after initially planning to attend. The body’s Majority Leader received a requested leave of absence.

Henon was part of the 116-count indictment handed down yesterday by the Justice Department, stemming from a multi-year investigation of IBEW Local 98, of which he’s a member and paid employee. Also involved was the union’s business manager John Dougherty, one of Philadelphia’s leading organized labor leaders. Henon’s office noted this absence and decision to turn himself in and face arraignment Thursday afternoon was a last-minute change of plans.

Thursday, January 31, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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