Working group recommends Allegheny County create children’s fund; Fitzgerald gives his backing

Working group recommends Allegheny County create children’s fund; Fitzgerald gives his backing

In 2018 Allegheny County voters were given a choice to fund an $18 million children’s fund for the price of a property tax raise. Voters ultimately rejected the measure, but the effort did not go quietly into the night. 

After the defeat at the ballot, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced a 26-member working announced that a 26-member working group had been assembled to examine the feasibility of a children’s fund. Despite opposing the property tax that would have funded the Our Kids, Our Future initiative, Fitzgerald believed the program was necessary for the county. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Fitzgerald, Drozd sqaure off in debate as Allegheny County executive race heats up

Fitzgerald, Drozd sqaure off in debate as Allegheny County executive race heats up

With election day weeks away, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a Democrat, and his challenger, Republican Matt Drozd, made a direct appeal to the voters of Allegheny County in a candidate forum on Tuesday night. 

As the night unfolded both candidates discussed their records, the environment, housing, and transit. Both Brozd and Fitzgerald have different visions but both feel they have a better plan for the county. 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes 2020 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes 2020 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposed his eighth budget and 2020 Comprehensive Plan Fiscal Plan to Allegheny County Council in their Tuesday meeting.

Fitzgerald presented a $959.8 million budget; a $27 million increase from the previous year. According to Fitzgerald the current budget is the 18th time in 19 years that the annual capital and operating budget balanced without any increase in the property tax millage rate.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Bill to alter Allegheny County Airport Authority board draws renewed scrutiny of airport dealings

Bill to alter Allegheny County Airport Authority board draws renewed scrutiny of airport dealings

A bill from House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has brought renewed attention to state support for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, as lawmakers are considering altering the board charged with overseeing Pittsburgh International Airport.

Under the proposal, slated for a committee vote next week, the board would expand from nine to 13 members. The governor and each legislative caucus would appoint a member, in addition to eight representatives appointed by the county executive.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County considers establishing much-debated children’s fund

Allegheny County considers establishing much-debated children’s fund

After a summer of lobbying, when given the choice to fund the $18 billion Children’s Fund through a property tax raise, Allegheny County voters narrowly rejected the measure. Months later, though the loss was disheartening for the initiative’s strongest supporters, it appears the county could have a children’s fund after all.

In a press release this week County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced that a 26-member working group had been assembled to examine the feasibility of a children’s fund. Despite his being on record as opposing the property tax that would have funded the Our Kids, Our Future initiative, Fitzgerald said he felt the fund was necessary for the county’s children.  
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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