Pittsburgh city budget http://wesa.fm en 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 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 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' Does City's Tech Team Have the Resources to Implement Peduto's Data-Driven Approach? http://wesa.fm/post/does-citys-tech-team-have-resources-implement-pedutos-data-driven-approach <p>Mayor-elect Bill Peduto and his team have repeatedly said they want to implement a data-driven approach to governance, but in Tuesday’s budget hearing, questions arose as to whether City Information Systems, or CIS, has the resources to provide the kind of data the future mayor will need.</p><p>CIS is responsible for a wide variety of tasks, including, but not limited to, network administration, website development and maintenance, software development, voice and data communications and operating the 311 response center.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:58:31 +0000 Liz Reid 20807 at http://wesa.fm Budget Director: City Needs $20 Million in Additional Revenue http://wesa.fm/post/budget-director-city-needs-20-million-additional-revenue <p>City Council Monday held a hearing with Budget Director Bill Urbanic. The takeway: The city is doing OK, but it could do better.&nbsp;Urbanic said the city’s margin between revenues and expenditures is “razor thin.”</p><p>“We’ve addressed many of the underlying problems in the last few years, with the help of Act 47 oversight,” Urbanic said. “The 2014 budget shows we’re staying balanced, as usual, but revenue is still going to be an issue, now and into the near future. We need at least $20 million annually.”</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:33:19 +0000 Liz Reid 20420 at http://wesa.fm Ravenstahl Releases Final Budget of Mayoral Tenure http://wesa.fm/post/ravenstahl-releases-final-budget-mayoral-tenure <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl released his proposed <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/information/budget">2014 operating and capital budget</a> Tuesday.</p><p>The $480 million budget and five-year plan is balanced, and it contains no tax increases or layoffs.</p><p>Before getting into specifics of the proposed spending plan, Ravenstahl outlined successes of his time as mayor. He said in the last seven years Pittsburgh has received 10 bond rating upgrades, and its investment status has moved from junk to grade A status.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:14:23 +0000 Deanna Garcia 19691 at http://wesa.fm Ravenstahl Releases Final Budget of Mayoral Tenure City Property Tax Collections Come Up Short http://wesa.fm/post/city-property-tax-collections-come-short <p>Fall property tax collections for the city of Pittsburgh are $3.7 million below projections, according to the second-quarter report published this week by the mayor's finance office.<br /><br />The millage rate may now need to be raised in order to correct the shortfall, though budget officials say it's too soon to say whether that will be necessary.<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:26:08 +0000 Josh Raulerson 19514 at http://wesa.fm