During 2018 budget address, Mayor Peduto asks state to remove Pittsburgh from Act 47 recovery status

During 2018 budget address, Mayor Peduto asks state to remove Pittsburgh from Act 47 recovery status

As part of his 2018 budget address Monday morning, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he is sending a letter to the Commonwealth seeking the removal of the city from Act 47 financially distressed status and ICA oversight, of which it’s been under since 2004.

In his message to Gov. Tom Wolf and the Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Peduto laid out his plans to cement the fiscal reforms learned through the Act 47 process to protect the city from entering the distressed status again.
Monday, November 13, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Mayor's water panel hears results of consultant study, mirrors earlier actions of PWSA Board

Mayor's water panel hears results of consultant study, mirrors earlier actions of PWSA Board

A few hours after a Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Board Meeting laid the groundwork for addressing its myriad issues of crumbling, lead leaching infrastructure to shotty billing Wednesday, a mayoral panel was presented with a consultant firm’s take.

IMG Consulting, hired by Mayor Peduto's Blue Ribbon Panel to analyze the moribund Authority, suggested that the city’s water get turned over to a non-profit trust that would own the water infrastructure and appoint a Board of Directors to make decisions.
Thursday, November 9, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA customers to see rate increases over the next three years

PWSA customers to see rate increases over the next three years

In a special meeting Wednesday morning, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board voted to approve an Organizational and Compliance Plan, along with their 2018 capital and operating budgets which will include a 28 percent rate increase for its customers.

For the average residential water customer, that’s a $15 per month increase.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Democrats pick up a County Council district, but Republicans secure state Supreme Court seat in 2017 election

Allegheny County Democrats pick up a County Council district, but Republicans secure state Supreme Court seat in 2017 election

In an off year election that turned out just under one in four Allegheny County voters Tuesday night, a liberal Democrat picked up a suburban Republican seat on the county council while another Republican council member won re-election on a knife edge margin. 

However, in a statewide race, Republicans secured a temporarily appointed seat on the state Supreme Court for the next ten years.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
As leaving Act 47 becomes more of a reality for Pittsburgh, lawmakers agree ICA is no longer needed

As leaving Act 47 becomes more of a reality for Pittsburgh, lawmakers agree ICA is no longer needed

With talks of Pittsburgh leaving Act 47 status by the beginning of 2018 and with a zeroing out of the city’s financial oversight authority’s line item in this year’s state budget, lawmakers and Pittsburgh officials are agreeing that there is no longer a need for the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority to continue past the end of the year.

“The ICA did its job in helping Pittsburgh get its finances in order and making sure its budget priorities are in the right place,” said House Republican caucus spokesman Steve Miskin. “Now things are happening with a continued positive trend and there’s a feeling that the ICA has run its course and no more funding needs to be expended.”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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