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
County Controller reports positive trends for Allegheny County in Annual Popular Financial Report

County Controller reports positive trends for Allegheny County in Annual Popular Financial Report

As a whole, County Controller Chelsa Wagner revealed that Allegheny County is on the right track financially in the annual Popular Financial Report released Thursday. 

In her assessment of the year 2018, Wagner reported the county’s finances were largely positive. This meant the unassigned fund balance grew, although not as quickly as it did earlier in the decade. Additionally, financial agencies recognized the country's growing stability through increased investment ratings. 
Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Election Day Results: Live updates on special elections and city primaries in Pennsylvania

Election Day Results: Live updates on special elections and city primaries in Pennsylvania

Today voters are heading to the polls for the May primary election, an election that will also determine three new lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House and Senate. The PLS Reporter will continually update this live blog with new information on the major state and municipal races of the day. 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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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