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Philadelphia, Penn., Code § 19-1603 (current through Oct. 10, 2017)
Brief Summary
Provides for a discount in water rates for community gardens, and includes a definition of community gardens.
Legal Strategies
Creates an incentive for a change.
Creates a fund, enables access to a funding stream.
Reach
Limited scope. Creates a process for community gardens to apply for discounted storm water and sewer charges.
Food System Category: Grow, Distribute
State: Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Type: City, County
Jurisdiction Name: Philadelphia
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Standards are set forth for Water Department to determine eligible gardening groups and for reviewing applications for reduced storm water rates. § 19-1603(2).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. When any minimum water or sewer rent bill remains unpaid for 30 days after the bill is rendered, there shall be charged as a penalty a sum equal to 1% of the bill for each month during the calendar year in which the bill remains unpaid, and after the expiration of the calendar year in which the bill is rendered it shall bear interest at the rate of 1/2 of 1% per month until paid. § 19-1606.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Title 19 (Finance, Taxes, and Collections), Chapter 19-1600 (Water and Sewer Rents); 19-1603 (Community gardens). History: 1916 Ordinances, p. 499; amended, 1972 Ordinances, p. 462; deleted, Bill No. 110446 (approved July 5, 2011); added, Bill No. 160523 (approved June 28, 2016), effective January 1, 2017.