A raise in Pittsburgh's realty transfer tax gets preliminary City Council approval

A raise in Pittsburgh's realty transfer tax gets preliminary City Council approval

Pittsburgh City Council has advanced legislation that would increase the city’s realty transfer tax from 4 percent to 4.5 percent in 2018.

The money garnered from the tax is expected to go toward the affordable housing trust fund, also known as the Housing Opportunity Trust Fund, which was approved by council last December. It is also expected to supply the fund with $10 million annually for the next five years to build housing and rehabilitate older homes for those who qualify under low-income standards.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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 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 approves money for outside lobbyists, early pre-k task force and new transportation department

Pittsburgh City Council approves money for outside lobbyists, early pre-k task force and new transportation department

Pittsburgh City Council gave final votes on a number of pieces of legislation Tuesday, including bills that would provide $128,000 to outside lobbyists to address the city’s legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington. 
At the state level, the City hopes Malady & Wooten, Inc. will address issues such affordable housing, paid sick leave legislation, funding for RACP projects and other priorities before the state General Assembly, while at the federal level the focus for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney will be more on a consent agreement between Alcosan and the EPA on storm water requirements, transportation funding, and building a relationship with the new Trump administration. 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Councilwoman Rudiak proposes task force aimed at expanding accessible childhood education in Pittsburgh

In an effort to make high-quality, affordable early childhood education accessible to more families, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak (District 4), the Peduto Administration, and area education stakeholders held a press conference Thursday outlining the findings of the study Pre-K in Pittsburgh: A Call for Action

With an estimated 1,500 children in Pittsburgh without access to full-day, high-quality, inclusive Pre-K programming, Councilwoman Rudiak said the report, comprised in partnership with the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, and One Pennsylvania, helped to show the actual impact the lack of early childhood education has on the city’s youngest residents. 
Thursday, February 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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