Following affordable housing debate, Pittsburgh city council looks to keep better track of tax credits

Following affordable housing debate, Pittsburgh city council looks to keep better track of tax credits

Following a year of bean counting to fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, a new bill proposed by two Pittsburgh City Council members is hoping to keep better track of the city’s development dollars. 

The bill, sponsored by Councilwoman Deb Gross (District 7) and Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) would require yearly audits by the City Controller’s office of the city’s tax credits and abatements. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Farmer's market consultant hire spurs conversation on government waste

Farmer's market consultant hire spurs conversation on government waste

Pittsburgh Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith held a meeting to talk food policy and hunger groups with Pittsburgh non-profit and charity leaders. But the conversation quickly turned to a $46,000 resolution to hire a consultant to study the city’s farmers’ markets. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County continue cooperation on youth summer workforce program

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County continue cooperation on youth summer workforce program

As Pittsburgh Public Schools enter their second week of summer break, Pittsburgh City Council has moved along two bills to fund the city’s youth summer workforce program.

The two bills would allocate close to $1 million for the Learn and Earn Summer Youth Employment Program, a six-week intensive workforce engagement for teenagers and young adults in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

The first of the two bills grants an $700,000 agreement with Partner4Work, a nonprofit workforce development organization, for the shared operation of the Learn and Earn program alongside the city and county. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Council President plans to introduce new rule punishing leaks from council executive sessions

In an effort to keep Pittsburgh city council members from divulging sensitive information discussed in closed door meetings, City Council President Bruce Kraus is proposing legislation that would institute a hefty fine against those in violation. 

This penalty will be a part of proposed legislation that would “clean up” the rules of council and how it is governed. 
Thursday, October 20, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ordinance would make building utility information public

The Performance and Asset Management Committee of Pittsburgh City Council voted on an ordinance Tuesday that would publicly disclose utility information of city-owned buildings. 

Modeled after other cities around the country like Boston and New York, the energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance will make city facilities list energy usage information, water usage, and gas information in an effort to create more transparency and to incentivize those buildings to reduce utility costs, by June 2017. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
RSS
12