Act 47 http://wesa.fm en How Pittsburgh Plans to Get Out of Act 47 in 5 Years http://wesa.fm/post/how-pittsburgh-plans-get-out-act-47-5-years <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday, with a 7-2 vote, the Pittsburgh City Council approved Mayor Bill </span>Peduto's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Act 47 recovery plan. <a href="http://publicsource.org/investigations/what-pittsburghers-need-know-about-act-47-plan#.U6sGW7G8T4V">The five-year plan</a> includes recommendations for a possible property tax increase and bond issues to improve deteriorating infrastructure. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kevin </span>Acklin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the mayor's Chief of Staff and Chief Development Officer explained how the City plan is different from past plans. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:31:06 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31549 at http://wesa.fm How Pittsburgh Plans to Get Out of Act 47 in 5 Years From Data Sharing To Street Paving, Council Proposes Amendments To Act 47 Recovery Plan http://wesa.fm/post/data-sharing-street-paving-council-proposes-amendments-act-47-recovery-plan <p>The city of Pittsburgh is one step closer to approving its third <a href="https://www.pfm.com/uploadedFiles/Content/Knowledge_Center/Whitepapers,_Articles,_Commentary/Commentary/City%20of%20Pittsburgh%20-%202014%20Amended%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf">Act 47 Recovery Plan</a>, after City Council on Wednesday presented and gave preliminary approval to 17 amendments.</p><p>“They don’t impact anything financial,” said council president Bruce Kraus. “They really are more philosophical in nature, more or less, about how we want to plan the next five years.”</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:13:22 +0000 Liz Reid 31152 at http://wesa.fm What Pittsburghers Need To Know About Act 47 http://wesa.fm/post/what-pittsburghers-need-know-about-act-47 <p><strong>What is Act 47?</strong><br /><br />Act 47 is a state oversight program for “financially distressed” cities in Pennsylvania. The state tries to help cities turn around their finances and operations. The name comes from the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act (Act 47 of 1987).</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:28:25 +0000 Eric Holmberg | PublicSource 31064 at http://wesa.fm What Pittsburghers Need To Know About Act 47 City Council Hears From Public On Act 47 Amended Plan http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-hears-public-act-47-amended-plan <p>Pittsburgh City Council members heard from the public Monday about the third amended recovery plan for the city.</p><p>Pittsburgh has been under financial oversight for a decade. The amended plan, aimed at getting the city out of Act 47 status and closer to financial solvency, sets novel goals: to reduce the city’s deficit and debt burden, maintain the fund balance at an appropriate level, increase pension contributions and spend more on capital construction.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:51:17 +0000 Irina Zhorov 31013 at http://wesa.fm Mayor Bill Peduto on Act 47 & Selecting a New Police Chief http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-bill-peduto-act-47-selecting-new-police-chief <p></p><p>In the past decade, Pittsburgh has accomplished much: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303612804577533112214213358">East Liberty</a> was revitalized, the river fronts were beautified, and it's received many accolades from the press, including the United States’ <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/news-brief/its-official-pittsburgh-most-liveable-city-us">most liveable city</a>. Through all of this, however, the city was in a precarious financial position.</p><p>For 10 years Pittsburgh has been under <a href="http://pelcentral.org/what-we-do/local-government/act-47/">Act 47</a> oversight for distressed municipalities. For all its improvements, the city has yet to implement a comprehensive financial management system to address legacy costs of debt, pensions, post retirement benefits, workers compensation along with a financially viable long-term capital plan.</p><p>Mayor Bill Peduto asked Gov. Tom Corbett in January to keep Pittsburgh under Act 47 state oversight for financially distressed municipalities, saying that while city finances have improved, more economic reforms are needed.</p><p>Last week the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, one of two oversight boards for Pittsburgh, called for the city to reduce services by 20 percent. Peduto responded to this while explaining how difficult it has been to get the city’s finances in order. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:38:27 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30743 at http://wesa.fm Mayor Bill Peduto on Act 47 & Selecting a New Police Chief Another PA City to be Declared "Distressed" http://wesa.fm/post/another-pa-city-be-declared-distressed <p>While City Council and Mayor Bill Peduto try to finalize a third, <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-receives-latest-act-47-recovery-plan">5-year recovery plan for Pittsburgh</a> under Act 47, the city of Shamokin in Northumberland County will soon become the 21<sup>st</sup> municipality in the commonwealth currently declared financially distressed.</p><p>"This is a financial mess," says Shamokin City Clerk Robert Slaby.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:46:45 +0000 Emily Previti & WESA Staff 30497 at http://wesa.fm ICA Recommends Hefty Slash To City Budget; Peduto Pushes Back http://wesa.fm/post/ica-recommends-hefty-slash-city-budget-peduto-pushes-back <p>Days after the Act 47 Recovery Coordinators <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-receives-latest-act-47-recovery-plan">submitted</a> their <a href="https://www.pfm.com/uploadedFiles/Content/Knowledge_Center/Whitepapers,_Articles,_Commentary/Commentary/City%20of%20Pittsburgh%20-%202014%20Amended%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf">166-page plan</a> to the city for review, the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, or ICA, put in their two cents.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:13:32 +0000 Liz Reid 30373 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Receives Latest Act 47 Recovery Plan http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-receives-latest-act-47-recovery-plan <p>Pittsburgh’s Recovery Coordinators have submitted a <a href="https://www.pfm.com/uploadedFiles/Content/Knowledge_Center/Whitepapers,_Articles,_Commentary/Commentary/City%20of%20Pittsburgh%20-%202014%20Amended%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf">new plan</a> – the third since the city has been under distressed Act 47 oversight – to get the city into solvent financial shape.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:23:17 +0000 Irina Zhorov 30270 at http://wesa.fm Peduto: City's Financial Situation Is 'Grim But Solvable' http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-citys-financial-situation-grim-solvable <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It’s not going to be easy.”</span></p><p>That was Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s primary message to City Council and the public Tuesday morning, as he shared details of the Steel City’s dire financial situation and challenged his colleagues in city government to help find solutions.</p><p>The address coincides with Tuesday night’s public hearing on the city’s financially distressed status, an event organized by Act 47 coordinators.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 17:20:42 +0000 Liz Reid 29145 at http://wesa.fm Peduto: City's Financial Situation Is 'Grim But Solvable' Sen Teplitz: Get Out and Stay Out of Act 47 http://wesa.fm/post/sen-teplitz-get-out-and-stay-out-act-47 <p>Act 47 was introduced by the Pennsylvania state legislature in 1987 as a means of helping financially distressed cities recover and avoid bankruptcy. 27 years later, several municipalities that were placed under Act 47 oversight have never rebounded.</p><p>State Senator Rob Teplitz (D – Dauphin) hopes stronger legislation would help these municipalities have their distressed status removed, while at the same time preventing other municipalities from entering Act 47.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:26:51 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 27552 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh to Remain Under Act 47 http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-remain-under-act-47 <p>With the thanks of Pittsburgh’s mayor, Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday announced that the city would remain under the controls of Act 47.&nbsp;</p><p>Pittsburgh entered into distressed-city status 10 years ago, and the Ravenstahl administration had argued in 2012 that enough progress had been made to release the city from its bonds.</p><p>“While Pittsburgh continues to take considerable steps in its efforts in stabilizing the city’s financial position, many conditions that originally led to the distressed determination have not been alleviated,” Corbett said.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:58:19 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 25816 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh to Remain Under Act 47 ICA Approves City Budget Proposal Changes, Doles Out Gaming Funds to Pensions http://wesa.fm/post/ica-approves-city-budget-proposal-changes-doles-out-gaming-funds-pensions <p>The state board that oversees the city of Pittsburgh’s finances has given its approval to changes made to the proposed city budget by Mayor Bill Peduto.</p><p>The Peduto administration had until the end of March to present final changes to the budget but has done so early.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:09:22 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24258 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Firefighter Union Asks Governor to Let City Leave Act 47 State Oversight http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-firefighter-union-asks-governor-let-city-leave-act-47-state-oversight <p>A week after Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-gov-corbett-pittsburgh-should-remain-under-act-47-oversight">sent a letter</a> to Gov. Tom Corbett asking that the city stay under Act 47 state oversight, the city’s firefighter’s union is asking the opposite.</p><p>“The Act 47 team wrote a letter to the governor saying, ‘We’ve exceeded all of our financial expectations by the plan.’ And as such they recommended that we go out of 47,” said union president Joe King.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:15:27 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22937 at http://wesa.fm Why Mayor Peduto Wants Act 47 to Stay, for Now http://wesa.fm/post/why-mayor-peduto-wants-act-47-stay-now <p>In 2003, the city of Pittsburgh was operating under a debt burden of more than 20% of its operating budget. Pools and recreation centers had to close and hundreds of city employees, including police officers were laid off.</p><p>Pittsburgh was declared financially distressed and placed under <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financially_Distressed_Municipalities_Act">Act 47 oversight</a>.</p><p>As the local economy has stabilized, former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, along with Act 47 coordinators have said the city is ready to be released. But Pittsburgh's new Mayor Bill Peduto is asking Governor Corbett to keep the city under Act 47 oversight to allow his administration to work on a final recovery plan. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:42:55 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22651 at http://wesa.fm Why Mayor Peduto Wants Act 47 to Stay, for Now Peduto to Gov. Corbett: Pittsburgh Should Remain Under Act 47 Oversight http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-gov-corbett-pittsburgh-should-remain-under-act-47-oversight <p><em>Updated 3:53pm 1/8/2014</em></p><p>The City of Pittsburgh has been under Act 47 state oversight since 2003. Back then, Pittsburgh was operating with a debt burden of more than 20% of its operating budget, pools and recreation centers had to close and hundreds of city employees, including police officers, were laid off. In late 2007, former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl along with Act 47 coordinators said the city was ready to be released. Even at that time, then Councilman Bill Peduto said the city wasn’t ready.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:06:58 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22521 at http://wesa.fm Act 47 Task Force Expected to Recommend Legislation http://wesa.fm/post/act-47-task-force-expected-recommend-legislation <p>A task force charged with revising the state's more than 25-year-old program for fiscally distressed municipalities is getting ready to recommend legislation.<br><br>The Act 47 program, established in 1987, was meant to take in cities that were on the brink of financial ruin. It has just shown to be not so adept at ushering stabilized cities out.<br><br>Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester) is co-chair of the panel suggesting changes. He said the group will likely recommend creating a deadline for Act 47 municipalities to leave the program.<br> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 16892 at http://wesa.fm Pew Report Examines Commonwealth's Act 47 Program http://wesa.fm/post/pew-report-examines-commonwealths-act-47-program <p>A new report points out to policy makers what some municipalities already know: Pennsylvania’s program for helping distressed cities has an unimpressive track record.<br><br>Called simply Act 47, the program has claimed 27 cities and towns, and only six have exited the program.<br><br>Kil Huh, an author of the Pew Charitable Trusts report, said when the state does step in, a plan for stepping back out should be outlined.<br> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:41:11 +0000 Mary Wilson & WESA Staff 14049 at http://wesa.fm