Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

15th PDAC recognizes officers Hall and Winkler

The 15th Police District Advisory Council honored Raymond Hall and Michael Winkler as January’s Officers of the Month for an arrest they made of a man who is accused of carrying a gun that had been stolen in a robbery.


Among the missing — 8,800 assessments

Some residents haven’t received the new 100 percent market valuations of their properties from the city yet and the deadline for asking for a review of a new assessment is March 31. However, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter said last week that property owners will have a month from receipt of their new assessments to ask for reviews of numbers they don’t like.


Nutter proposes $3.75 billion budget for 2014

Mayor Michael Nutter supplied a missing number for property owners to figure their taxes last week when he proposed a $3.75 billion budget for the 2014 fiscal year.


Mayor Nutter finally gives budget address after union workers drown out his speech

     Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter today proposed a $3.75 billion budget for 2014 and proposed setting the city’s property tax rate at 1.32 percent, which is higher than the 1.25 percent that had been speculated.


Bill would help delinquent property taxpayers pay up

City Council is considering a bill aimed at helping — and prodding — delinquent property taxpayers to start paying their shares of the more than half-billion bucks in back taxes Philadelphia is owed.



Taylor bill protects beer distributors

A Northeast Philadelphia Republican legislator has his own idea of how the state can stop selling booze and still protect the private businesses that already have pieces of that business.


Beware small biz scam

The Federal Trade Commission is warning small business owners to be wary of e-mails that say they’re from the FTC.


Surprisingly, underassessments are also an issue

State Rep. Kevin Boyle said that among the questions and gripes he has heard about property reassessments were complaints from residents who feel the city has  undervalued their homes.


Stinking beauty

Brandon Huber has a tall plant with a purple flower whose fragrance is death itself. Fittingly, it’s called a “corpse plant,” and for the young Northeast resident, its stink is the smell of victory.