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So a very nice gentleman from the City Solicitor's office wrote me back
A couple weeks ago, I wrote to request records that would show exactly who pays what under the Business Privilege Tax (this is why). The request made it to the right people--the Revenue Department and the City Finance Director--after some trial and error and with the help of some of you.
Last week I received an email. The City Solicitor's office is reviewing the request, and will determine what will be released.
Dear Ms. Kates,
This response is to your letter addressed to Department of Finance. You request various records relating to payments under the Business Privilege Tax.
I am writing to let you know that we have taken this matter under consideration. However, in order to adequately review and respond to your request, a legal review is necessary to determine whether and to what extent the records you are requesting are public records subject to access under the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, 65 P.S. §§ 66.1-4.
We will keep you informed of our progress, and anticipate being able to respond to the entire request no later than 30 days from the date of this letter.
So, a couple more weeks and then the, um, real fun begins: data analysis!