Heard in the Hall: Mayor and Council agree on no property tax hike

Heard in the Hall: Mayor and Council agree for now: No property tax hike

Jeff Shields reports that Mayor Nutter and City Council have reached an agreement in principal on the city’s budget which would wipe out the Mayor’s proposed property tax increase and instead raise the city’s sales tax a penny on the dollar for five years.

Nutter’s embracing of Council’s reliance on sales tax rather than property taxes to close a $1.4 billion gap over the next four years represents a major shift for the administration, which had criticized the proposal.

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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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