You have the chance to eliminate the Board of Revision of Taxes.
Yep. To make up for snow days, Philadelphia schools, 197 of which act as polling places, will be open for business, the Inquirer reports. Margaret Tartaglione, who leads the commissioners who oversee city elections, isn’t too happy about it. “There will be thousands of people walking through the schools, and it's dangerous. I got such a headache,” she told the Inquirer.
Officials are worried about how heavy turnout could cause chaos at Philly’s public places of learning, especially with a governor’s race and Joe Sestak challenging Arlen Specter for the state’s Democratic Senate Seat.
Sestak may be working on a big Philly turnout.
On Sunday, Sestak gathered Philadelphians at a town hall in a Frankford church, where he answered questions concerning the health-care bill. This may be the beginning of a new Sestak offensive for a rogue challenge from a candidate whose campaign has yet to really get off the ground.
Unlike the town halls of last summer, this weekend’s open mic didn’t get too heated, though one Fishtown resident and member of the local Tea Patriot group showed up dressed in costume (of the 1770s variety). The constituent told Sestak that health-care reform was no more than “involuntary servitude.” Sestak was joined and supported outside the church by members of Health Care for America Now, who are actively supporting those congress people who voted 'Yes' on health care.
We don't know what Sestak's been waiting for, but maybe this is the beginning of a new strategy.
A number of investigative and watchdog bodies actually operate inside city government. Each office has its limitations, however, leaving oversight on certain areas of government thin to nonexistent. Specifically, City Council manages to largely escape scrutiny.
If only this website had been available years ago; we wouldn’t be in this property-values mess. Maybe this can also set straight the Parking Authority, City Council, Charter School administrators, etc. etc. ad nauseum.
The BRT is a patronage-packed office (the part-time workers make $70,000 a year) that has not been able to justify, in any logical manner, their wildly inaccurate property assessments.
Charlesretta Meade insists that the BRT’s problems stem from homeowners blocking reassessment in order to keep certain properties artificially undervalued.
At a time when Nutter’s support was stagnant, his milquetoast image hardening, the board offered itself up as an easily condemnable villain.