Pew study finds Philadelphia’s gap vs. suburbs on residential taxes is narrowing


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Are you better off living in Philadelphia or its suburbs? The answer depends on several factors, but a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative can help you assess your situation.

Lobbyist spending dips slightly in second quarter

Organizations and lobbyists spent $650,204 in the second quarter to try to influence legislation and regulations in Philadelphia, according to the latest filings with the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics as compiled by PPIIN’s Lobbying.ph application. That is an 11% decline vs. the $730,193 spent in the first quarter.

Map of the week: Community Investment Index map from DVRPC

A hat tip to Next American City, which reported on the new Community Investment Index map from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Ryan Briggs describes it as “a free, online mapping program designed to make tracking the flow of government and non-profit dollars throughout the region much easier.” DVRPC notes: “Community Investment Index maps […]

Map of the week: The $150,000 home

The map shows 168 homes that sold for exactly $150,000 between January 2011 and June 2012. Because of the disparity in the assessed value of these homes, the taxes this year (before AVI is implemented) will range from $473 to $2,870. The average tax is $1,731.