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File #: 190027    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: LAPSED
File created: 1/24/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Calling for the creation of an Opportunity Zone Oversight Committee.
Sponsors: Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Indexes: KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 19002700
Title
Calling for the creation of an Opportunity Zone Oversight Committee.
Body
WHEREAS, On December 22, 2017, the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act established Qualified Opportunity Zones, whereby federal and state governments designated certain census tracts as eligible for the deferral or elimination of federal taxes on capital gains in order to encourage investment in economically-distressed communities; and
WHEREAS, On June 14, 2018, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development received federal approval for the designation of 300 Qualified Opportunity Zones, after receiving recommendations for 734 eligible census tracts by individuals, cities, counties, legislators, and organizations across the state; and
WHEREAS, On October 19, 2018, the United States Internal Revenue Service published its first set of proposed regulations for Qualified Opportunity Zones, providing that capital gains tax on certain real estate investments within designated Zones may be deferred or eliminated if investment funds are held for at least seven years; and
WHEREAS, On October 25, 2018, Philadelphia City Council passed Resolution No. 180960, authorizing the Committee on Appropriations to hold hearings to consider the impact of Qualified Opportunity Zones on the fair and equitable development of Philadelphia; and to thereby recommend impactful, responsive changes to the City's policies, procedures, and budget; and
WHEREAS, On January 23, 2019, the Committee on Appropriations heard robust testimony from stakeholders across the City of Philadelphia about the state of neighborhoods within Qualified Opportunity Zones; about forecasted investments within these neighborhoods; and about recommended changes to the City of Philadelphia's policies, procedures, and budget; and
WHEREAS, City Council seeks to establish a task force, the purpose of which shall be to further study the impact of Qualified Opportunity Zones on the fair and equitable development of the City of Phila...

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