ICA makes contingency plans for Pittsburgh budget in light of recent PA Supreme Court casino ruling

During the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority’s (ICA) 3rd Quarter board meeting held Wednesday afternoon, the Authority passed Pittsburgh’s proposed $539 million operating budget continent upon the city verifying within 120 days that it would receive the $10 million it’s owed from Rivers Casino.

Due to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling last week that the local share assessment of casinos in the state gaming law is unconstitutional, Pittsburgh has been trying to ensure that the money stays in the city’s budget.

“We’ve received word already from the Gaming Revenue office and the Secretary of the Budget that they don’t think there is going to be any distribution of any gaming revenue now until the legislature readdresses the legislation that was declared unconstitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court,” said Renny Clark, the ICA’s interim executive director.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pa. Supreme Court casino ruling could be costly for Pittsburgh

With last week’s decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court finding the local and county share assessments placed on casinos as unconstitutional, Pittsburgh officials are weighing in on what that could mean for the city. 

Situated on the North Shore of the city is Rivers Casino, an establishment that brings in an estimated $10 million a year to the city with Allegheny County collecting about $5.5 million. 

The effect of the supreme court’s decision could have an impact on the city and county counting on the gaming revenue it receives from Rivers Casino for their budgets.

Monday, October 3, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Proposed Pittsburgh budget adds more city police and EMT's

An increase in public safety personnel, capital improvement projects, and a departmental reorganization are all part of Pittsburgh’s proposed 2017 operating and capital budget plans, as well as a five year financial plan.

Mayor Bill Peduto held the line on tax increases in his proposed $539.4 million spending plans that he submitted to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) on Friday for approval. 

The 2017 budgets and five year financial plan are projected to hire 50 new police officers to reach 900 full-time officers, the highest staffing level since 2002, according to the Mayor. One firefighter and two police recruit classes would be funded, and EMS would have funding to hire 20 EMTs.
Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ICA board approves settlement agreement with the city

The board of the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) voted to uphold a settlement agreement with the City regarding the distribution of gaming proceeds under its control at the board's special public meeting on Tuesday. 

“I want to thank the Mayor and his administration for the collaborative approach they took in the negotiations that led to this settlement agreement,” said ICA Board Chair BJ Leber. “With today’s action, we can move swiftly to transfer the more than $18 million in gaming proceeds and accrued interest to support the City’s pension fund and ensure the City remains on a path to fiscal good health.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh and ICA reach tentative agreement on gaming funds

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced Wednesday that the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) and City attorneys have reached a tentative settlement on the release of $18.19 million in outstanding gaming funds to Pittsburgh, accompanied by the City dropping its lawsuit against the Authority. 

If approved by the ICA board, the settlement calls for the Authority to release the money to the City in two payments- $7.03 million for a supplemental payment above the Minimum Municipal Obligation (MMO) due to Pittsburgh’s pension fund and another $11.16 million to be distributed directly to the pension fund above the amounts contributed by the City in its 2016 budget. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh