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POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 11:26 AM

And we’re back for another marathon budget session today, as it looks increasingly like the mayor’s property tax overhaul may not happen this year. Check out our story today for more details.

Mayor Nutter is clearly worried about what’s happening to his budget proposal to move the city to a property tax system based on market values. He sped back to town last night from Orlando, FL where he been at the U.S. Conference of Mayors conference.

Council members are reportedly considering holding off for a year on Nutter’s proposal, known as the Actual Value Initiative (AVI). Nutter’s Finance Director Rob Dubow sent out a memo to members warning that keeping the current property tax system for another year would result in appeals that could cost the city up to $100 million dollars.

POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 8:21 AM

Dana DiFilippo and Jason Nark take another look at the way the city handles ATVs and the riders who love them. (http://bit.ly/LMaJZF)

Police say a 9-year-old girl was abducted in Feltonville and sexually assaulted by a man who wore a green mask. (http://bit.ly/OEY49v)

Is Mayor Nutter losing support from City Council for AVI? (http://bit.ly/M6UZNA)

POSTED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 2:07 PM

Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce bigwigs made their rounds to the offices of City Council members today lobbying against a plan to raise money for schools through an increase in a business tax known as the use and occupancy tax.  

Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce said the Chamber supports more school funding, but argues increasing the business tax would adversely affect small businesses. But, that plan appears to be dead.

“We don’t think it’s good public policy,” Wonderling said, standing alongside the Chamber’s Joe Mahoney, executive vice president and Denise Early, director of public policy. “There’s this misinformation that it would be borne by big business owners.”

POSTED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 12:25 PM

As City Council continues to debate an increasingly messy budget, Mayor Nutter is in Orlando, FL for the rest of the week for the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, an organization he is set to take over as president.

Last Thursday, when Council gave preliminary approval to a package of budget bills, Nutter was in Washington DC giving a speech on soda and obesity.

Compare this to last year’s budget cycle, when Nutter physically camped out in Councilman Curtis Jones’ office during the last day of debate to lobby members. But spokesman Mark McDonald said Nutter is actively in touch with members when he’s out of town.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 10:08 AM

Live from the Penn State trial: Rich Hoffman writes about Mike McQuery's shocking testimony against Jerry Sandusky.

How much will AVI impact renters? And is part of the fragile budget deal dead?

Proposal for apartment building near airport is slowed down.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 7:32 PM

Daily News reporter Chris Brennan is live-tweeting President Obama's fundraiser Tuesday night at the Franklin Institute.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 4:39 PM

The City Controller created app to report fraud is now available on android phones as well as the iPhone. And that announcement got us wondering: how many people have been using the app?

According to the controller’s office, 204 complaints have been logged since the iPhone app went live in April 2011. Of those, 51 were referred to other city agencies, 51 lacked enough information to pursue and 102 prompted some kind of review or investigation.

Top complaints were about licenses and inspections, streets, water, police and revenue and ranged from city workers sleeping in their vehicles to noise from nuisance bars, said controller’s office staffers Brian Dries and Harvey Rice.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 8:46 AM

President Obama will visit the Franklin Institute this afternoon for one public and two private campaign fund-raisers.  Tickets start for the three events at $250, $40,000 and $10,000.

Neighbors in Eastwick are expected to show up in force today at a City Council hearing to oppose zoning for a development there.

Neighbors of the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties want better security after a high-profile shooting there.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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