It's Our Money Archive: March, 2012

Some for-profit businesses pay city voluntarily (seriously)

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Last year, the city reaped more than $500,000 from "payments in lieu of taxes" from for-profit businesses getting tax breaks. Developers like... Read more

Many nonprofits bail on payment deal with city

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MAYOR NUTTER wants residents and businesses to fork over an additional $90 million in property taxes in the fiscal year that begins July 1... Read more

City to roll out new plan for combating 'bandit signs'

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While Councilman Curtis Jones and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell were proposing to legalize those obnoxious "We Buy Houses!" signs last month... Read more

The Monday podcast: Why Council should hold more community meetings

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Last week, Council held a hearing about the city's budget in the heart of a Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood. In today's podcast, reporters... Read more

Can Philly learn from Allegheny's property-tax woes?

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Philadelphia's property-tax system is undergoing monumental changes. So was the property-tax system in Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh... Read more

Council hits streets to hear about budget, and that's good

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The TV show "Parks & Rec" likes to send up the absurdity that can be community meetings, portraying them as long, boring and punctuated... Read more

Asset sale ghosts!

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This is the fifth installment of the "Philadelphian Horror Story" series, in which we tell you about the monsters lurking in the city's budget... Read more

Help Desk: Pile of bottles filled with urine (yes, a pile of bottles filled with urine) cleaned up

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THE WATER bottles lying in a pile on Buttonwood Street were not filled with water. Their contents were a mysterious, yellow liquid - one closer... Read more