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
Montgomery County to offer paid parental leave for employees

Montgomery County to offer paid parental leave for employees

Montgomery County employees now have up to six weeks of paid paternal leave after county commissioners announced the policy change earlier this month. The new policy will go into effect Friday, February 1.

Montgomery County becomes the first in Southeastern PA to offer guaranteed paid time off for new parents. This policy covers employees during the first twelve months of a birth, adoption, guardianship, and foster care placement of a child. 

Thursday, January 31, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee calls for property assessment reform in Philadelphia

Committee calls for property assessment reform in Philadelphia

The Legislative Oversight Committee of Philadelphia’s City Council passed a measure Tuesday to attempt to resolve the city’s issues with property assessments.

Property assessment has been a point of contention for years in Philadelphia. Between tax abatements on new construction, substantial discrepancies on the same block, along with an increasing number of low-income residents struggling to stay in their homes as tax bills increase, the city has battled to resolve these different issues.                

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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