Pittsburgh City Council members seek funding alternatives to reality transfer tax for housing, early childhood funding

Pittsburgh City Council members seek funding alternatives to reality transfer tax for housing, early childhood funding

A coalition of Pittsburgh City Council members may have found a way to partially fill its Affordable Housing Opportunity Trust Fund, provide funding for early childhood education in the city, and offset a proposed hike in the real estate transfer tax with a package of budget amendments.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
City residents commend and criticize Pittsburgh climate plan at open forum

City residents commend and criticize Pittsburgh climate plan at open forum

At an open forum Wednesday night, around 50 Pittsburghers shared concerns and gave praise to the city's climate action plan to City Council. 

The draft report, originally released in September, is the city’s third iteration of a plan to address climate change and other environmental issues on a city-wide level. 

The plan includes calls to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, divest the pension fund from fossil fuel industries, and reduce transportation emissions by 50 percent by 2030. 

Thursday, November 30, 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
Pittsburgh committee presents a plan for a plan for some of the city's rundown facilities

Pittsburgh committee presents a plan for a plan for some of the city's rundown facilities

A committee reviewing Pittsburgh-owned facilities has recommended the sale, renovation, relocation, demolition, or merger of thirty-one of the cities buildings.

The recommended list includes fire, paramedic, and police stations, as well as recreation and senior centers that have deteriorated or are no longer practical to maintain. The recommendations were based on a report completed by Massaro Construction Management Services earlier this year.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA board considers assistance program, moratorium on service shutoffs

PWSA board considers assistance program, moratorium on service shutoffs

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board is poised to begin a customer assistance program, along with a suggested moratorium on water service shutoffs for customers.

PWSA board Chairwoman Debbie Lestitian moved Thursday to create a subcommittee within the board to consider the approach, asking Councilwoman Deb Gross (District 7) and Vice Chairperson Margaret Lanier to take the lead.

“An important part of working on a public authority is listening to the public," said Lestitian. “I’ve had several meetings with a lot of the community groups, they’ve all expressed the same concerns. With three new board members now, it’s a responsible time to explore customer assistance programs and their requests for a potential shut off moratorium.” 

Friday, August 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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