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As far as Council meetings go, this was a fairly enthralling one, so let's just cut to the chase, shall we? But first, our weekly attendance record: Councilwoman Joan Krajewski wasn't at the meeting. Everyone else was. Moving right along â€¦
- The bill abolishing the Office of the Clerk of Quarter Sessions â€” and transferring all of its duties to the First Judicial District â€” passed unanimously. Congrats, Committee of Seventy. Now just three more row offices to go, y'all.
- Councilwoman Maria QuiÃ±ones-SÃ¡nchez introduced a bill that would reform the city's long-criticized business privilege tax: It would raise the gross receipts tax and eventually kill the net income tax. (It would also add a tax credit to fresh food retailers to "address the problem of 'fresh food' deserts," says SÃ¡nchez in a press release.) According to co-sponsor Councilman Bill Green, this will remove the "disincentive for businesses" â€” especially small businesses â€” "to locate to Philadelphia." This, of course, differs from Mayor Nutter's plan kill the gross receipts tax and lower the net income tax by 6 percent. Should make for an interesting showdown. You can check out a copy of the bill here. (For an easier â€” though longer â€” read, here's a PowerPoint on the bill from SÃ¡nchez and Green's offices.)
- Also, in Nutter/Council showdown news, the deeds bill that aims to prevent property theft passed, with everyone voting in favor except for Councilman Brian O'Neill, who abstained from the vote.
- And finally, Council passed a resolution to call on the Delaware River Basin Commission to enact a three-year moratorium on Marcellus Shale drilling and create a Marcellus Shale Study Commission to assess its environmental impact. If elected, gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett vows to place a moratorium on all such moratoriums.