Pittsburgh City Council looks to attract developers with tax abatement extensions

Pittsburgh City Council looks to attract developers with tax abatement extensions

Two ordinances were introduced by Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday that would extend the application period for tax exemptions for real estate developers until the end of 2017.

The bills were moved into the council’s Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, chaired by Councilman Dan Gilman. Gilman declined to comment for this article.

The bills aim to extend the application deadline for developers to earn tax abatements on newly built or renovated properties in the Uptown District, Downtown Districts and 27 neighborhoods that the city has deemed Targeted Growth Zones.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
City Council temporarily halts progress on a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Fund for Pittsburgh's children

City Council temporarily halts progress on a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Fund for Pittsburgh's children

Pittsburgh City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess introduced legislation Wednesday that aims to eliminate the waiting list Pittsburgh children face when enrolling in pre-kindergarten by establishing a scholarship fund supported by major foundations and educational and medical institutions. 

According to the legislation, Pittsburgh Public Schools provides free, full-day pre-kindergarten for students ages three to five but had a waiting list of roughly 340 students for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council briefly debated legislation Wednesday that would increase the city’s realty transfer tax by one percentage point in order to provide funding for the Housing Opportunity Fund. 

The tax increase is expected to generate $10 million a year for the city to build affordable housing and rehabilitate older homes for lower-income residents. Members of council have been searching for a revenue source for the fund since it was passed by the body in December. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh to hire outside lobbyists to address legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington

Pittsburgh to hire outside lobbyists to address legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington

Pittsburgh City Council is set to approve $128,000 for the city to hire two lobbyists to address legislative priorities of Pittsburgh in Harrisburg and Washington. 

Debated Wednesday in the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the two pieces of legislation would provide $62,000.00 to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney for “professional consulting services for federal government affairs and legislative services” on behalf of the city, and $66,000.00 to Malady & Wooten, Inc. for the same services at the state level. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council puts final votes on Housing Opportunity Fund, 2017 budget

Pittsburgh City Council puts final votes on Housing Opportunity Fund, 2017 budget

During Pittsburgh City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday morning, members voted in favor of approving the 2017 operating budget and separately establishing the Pittsburgh Housing Opportunity Fund to create affordable housing measures across the city.    

The Housing Fund legislation creates a budget obligation of the city to support an annual goal of $10 million that will go toward the construction of new affordable housing units, rental assistance, rental rehab, and increase accessibility of new and existing affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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