Lamb commends PWSA, condemns privatization

Lamb commends PWSA, condemns privatization

Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb has not minced words when it comes to the city’s water authority.

Lamb has previously described the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority as “mismanaged”, and pointed to issues caused by a “perfect storm of mistakes and incompetence.” But he showed a turnaround this week by praising their recent progress and joined the ranks of citizens and elected officials opposed to privatization.

Peoples Natural Gas has been courting the water authority since the spring to start a public-private partnership, but Lamb called the offer misguided and warned privatization would undo the progress seen over the past year.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues

Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues

City Controller Michael Lamb blamed the city’s increased realty transfer tax for sluggish revenue numbers in the first half of 2018 Tuesday.

“It was an unnecessary increase that has been counterproductive to affordable housing,” Lamb said at a press conference. “We’re fighting to keep families in this city and the tax is an added hurdle in the way of enticing new people into town.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lamb conducts audit of Pittsburgh permitting department

Lamb conducts audit of Pittsburgh permitting department

City Controller Michael Lamb released a performance audit of City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections Thursday.
Thursday, March 22, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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
Battle over Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs intensifies

Battle over Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs intensifies

In an effort to address the long-term, systemic challenges facing Pittsburgh’s Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA), Mayor Bill Peduto hosted a hearing with an expert water panel tasked with finding solutions to the Authority’s aging infrastructure needs, crippling debt, and water quality issues on Friday as the political battle over the authority's future and Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs grows.

Sunday, April 2, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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