Allegheny County officials present plan to allow municipalities to disincorporate

Allegheny County officials present plan to allow municipalities to disincorporate

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, joined by his two predecessors Jim Roddey and Dan Onorato, introduced a report Thursday that they said would be the first step toward passing a state law to allow municipalities to disincorporate and rely on the county for government services. 

With 130 municipalities, more than any other county in the state, officials at the press conference said the proposed measure--a recommendation by the report Voluntary Municipal Disincorporation: Creative Solutions for Counties of the Second Class by the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics--would allow smaller municipalities who struggle to support local services such as police or trash collection, or even elect local officials, to become “an entity of the county.” 

Thursday, May 11, 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 mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council briefly debated legislation Wednesday that would increase the city’s realty transfer tax by one percentage point in order to provide funding for the Housing Opportunity Fund. 

The tax increase is expected to generate $10 million a year for the city to build affordable housing and rehabilitate older homes for lower-income residents. Members of council have been searching for a revenue source for the fund since it was passed by the body in December. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Health Department receives grant to tackle lead issues, creates Lead Task Force

Allegheny County Health Department receives grant to tackle lead issues, creates Lead Task Force

The Allegheny County Health Department announced Wednesday that it has received a $300,000 grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation to support the expansion of the department’s lead activities. 

The grant is expected to provide the support needed to inform, prevent, screen and monitor the risks of lead found in homes across the county. The funds will go towards examining and updating the current housing-based lead program and associated policies to ensure it is following the best evidence-based practices for lead poisoning prevention, surveillance and intervention, according to a statement by the ACHD.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes legislation for lead paint remediation, PWSA restructuring funds

Pittsburgh City Council passes legislation for lead paint remediation, PWSA restructuring funds

Pittsburgh City Council passed their portion of providing funding for a $3.4 million Lead Safety and Healthy Homes Grant with Allegheny County during their meeting Tuesday, but not before ensuring the city will receive its fair share of the funds.  

The Department of Economic Development of Allegheny County has been awarded the grant by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in county homes and rental units.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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