Voters endorse measure to allow tax hike for upkeep, improvement of city parks

Matt McKinney | Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Voters endorsed a ballot measure Tuesday sanctioning a tax hike to pay for the upkeep and enhancement of city parks — a loss for critics who argued the move would give an unelected board sway over public dollars.

The measure, which asked voters to agree to boost property taxes starting in 2020 by 0.5 mill, received the backing of more than half of voters. The proposed increase amounted to about $50 on every $100,000 of assessed real estate value.

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State takes fight over releasing Amazon bid to court

Mark Belko | Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania has gone to court again to keep secret the incentives it is offering Amazon to locate its second headquarters in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has filed an appeal in Commonwealth Court challenging the June 13 ruling by the state’s independent Office of Open Records that ordered the release of the incentive package to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Who will control PWSA? A public hearing will tackle governance

Adam Smeltz | Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Plans to rework governance at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority are up for discussion next week.

City Council is inviting input at a public hearing slated for 6 p.m. July 18 at the City-County Building, 414 Grant St. The gathering will be on the fifth floor.

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Pittsburgh refuses to release details on Amazon bid

Mark Belko | Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While some cities have released their bids for Amazon’s proposed second headquarters, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are standing firm in their refusal to do so.

Both have formally denied right to know requests filed by numerous news organizations, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for information related to the region’s HQ2 proposal, which was filed last month.

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Pa. budget fight runs into Amazon courtship

Sunday, September 24, 2017, The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Mass transit system? Check. Big population center? Check. Top-notch universities? Check. Predictable state government with a top-notch credit rating?

Pennsylvania business boosters and economic development professionals couldn’t help noticing this week that state government got slapped with another credit downgrade amid an ugly budget stalemate just as officials in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions are polishing their resumes to try to land the golden goose: Amazon’s second headquarters.

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No tax increase expected in Pittsburgh’s 2018 budget proposal

Bob Bauder | Thursday, September 21, 2017, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Pittsburgh will meet a state-mandated deadline Friday to submit its annual operating budget and capital spending proposal to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the city’s state financial overseer, according to the Mayor’s Office.

Taxes — including the realty transfer tax, which Pittsburgh City Council had considered increasing to fund affordable housing — will likely remain at current levels in 2018, said Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak of Carrick, who chairs the Finance Committee.

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