Tax revenue in Philly is up for fiscal 2013 to more than $2.7 billion, a $200 million increase. According to City Controller Alan Butkovitz, almost every tax saw increased collections, including the realty transfer tax, which saw collections increase by 24 percent thanks to a stronger housing market.
The biggest decline? Philly's amusement tax, a 5-percent bite out of ticket sales. That, Butkovitz says, can be blamed on the fact that none of our sports teams made it to the post-season in the past year, the first time that's happened since 1993-'94. And it'll be the longest period between playoff games since 1995.
The Phillies, remember, ended their 257-game sellout streak in April last year, and are now third in the division and 11 games back. Not that we're counting.
In other crazy statistics, the report includes the zip codes with the most housing sales in June. In two zips in the Southwest, 14.6 percent of sales were sales of bank-owned homes. In 19111 in the Northeast, 12.8 percent of the homes being sold were short-sales.
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