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

New Pittsburgh city contract gives raises to Teamsters union workers

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has announced that the union for the City’s refuse and animal control workers- Teamsters Local 249 - has signed a new five-year contract that will provide $15 hourly wages for most workers and give them accelerated schedules for promotion. 

The pact is within the spending guidelines set by the City’s Act 47 Recovery Plan, which places controls on all union contracts and on salaries and benefits for non-union workers. 

“I want to thank the Teamsters for helping us to provide some of the hardest-working employees in this City a good wage, while working creatively with us to stay within the bounds of the state’s Act 47 law,” said Mayor Peduto. 

Friday, August 5, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Newly appointed PWSA director steps down

The new Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority executive director has stepped down, effective immediately. 

The PWSA Board announced Tuesday morning that it has “accepted the withdrawal” of K. Charles Griffin, who was expected to start later this month. 

“The Board is presently evaluating options for next steps in the search for a candidate to fill the position on a permanent basis,” said Alex Thomson, Chairman of the Board. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wolf signs bill to reform the ICA

Wolf signs bill to reform the ICA

Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bill that would make substantial changes to a troubled budget oversight agency in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. 

SB 1221, now Act 99 of 2016, applies stricter ethics laws to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority’s (ICA) executive director and requires greater transparency from the agency. The law requires the ICA to maintain a website on which various enumerated documents should be posted and to adopt a records retention policy consistent with that of the Pennsylvania Office of Administration. 
Thursday, July 21, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Tax credits for affordable housing, waterfront developments coming to Pittsburgh

With the passage of a new revenue plan for FY 2016-2017, a number of tax credits have been awarded for housing and waterfront developments across the Pittsburgh region and the state. 

Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny/Shaler) announced a waterfront tax credit based off of his SB 282, which encourages private investment in properties that create public access to waterfronts through a tax credit, was included as part of the revenue package signed into law Wednesday evening. 

“The Waterfront Development Tax Credit will be a tremendous help in the future development of waterfronts across the Commonwealth,” said the senator. “The City of Pittsburgh has been revitalizing our waterfront where it has become the envy of other cities with riverfronts.” 
Friday, July 15, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh