Chelsa Wagner en Controllers Wagner And Lamb: City Should Implement Joint Payroll System To Save Money <p>At a meeting this week of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner urged the city of Pittsburgh to implement a joint financial management system that she said is already-built and ready to go. Wagner said by not utilizing the payroll module, the city is taking a financial hit.</p><p>“There’s already a cost to past delays, we’re incurring a cost presently because of present delays and will continue to in the future if there are future delays,” she said.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:30:09 +0000 Deanna Garcia 31143 at Allegheny County Controller Releases Yearly Report on County's Fiscal Health <p>The takeaway: Allegheny County's fiscal condition is good, but policy makers shouldn't be complacent because challenges are on the horizon.</p><p>That's according to County Controller&nbsp;Chelsa&nbsp;Wagner, who released her&nbsp;2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Tuesday.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:53:43 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 30738 at Paperless Office in Sight for Allegheny County Controller <p>To cut costs and encourage more effective communication between businesses and county government, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner is taking the next step in having her office go paperless.</p><p>Vendors are now being urged to send invoices to the county electronically, which will save the office between $15,000 and $20,000 per year in postage, paper and ink.&nbsp;</p><p>Businesses still have the option to submit paper invoices, but Wagner said she expects using the electronic system to be a requirement soon.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:36:59 +0000 Julian Routh 25792 at Allegheny County Controller Condemns Performance of Jail Healthcare Provider <p>Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner this week sent a letter to Corizon Health, Inc. detailing her concerns about allegations that the company is providing substandard healthcare to inmates at the Allegheny County Jail.</p><p>Those allegations first surfaced in a <a href="">Dec. 8 article&nbsp;in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</a>, which revealed internal e-mails between jail staff and Corizon.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:40:22 +0000 Liz Reid 24336 at Chelsa Wagner Calls for More Transparency with Authorities <p>County Controller Chelsa Wagner has issued a letter to Allegheny County authorities asking them to increase their transparency.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brad </span>Korinski<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, county controller chief of staff, said the public needs and wants more transparency and supervision over authorities and how they spend taxpayer money.</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:31:55 +0000 Jessica Nath 18637 at County Controller: Reassessments Significantly Different in Appeals <p>Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has found what she believes to be a discrepancy in tax reassessment breaks between commercial and residential properties.</p><p>The controller’s office released information Monday showing commercial properties are receiving significantly bigger tax reassessment breaks than homeowners.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wagner said there seems to be an inconsistency between how commercial properties were reduced and how residential properties were reduced at the assessment hearings.</span></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:04:45 +0000 Jessica Nath 16633 at Hundreds of Protestors Stage Sit-In Outside UPMC <p></p><p>Hundreds of protestors sat down in the middle of Fifth Avenue in Oakland outside of UPMC Presbyterian Saturday, singing “Amazing Grace” and calling on the healthcare giant to make some major changes.</p><p>Christoria Hughes, 56, works in the dining hall at Presbyterian for $12/hour, and said the rally wasn’t just about the employees of UPMC.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 01:23:59 +0000 Liz Reid 16156 at Hundreds of Protestors Stage Sit-In Outside UPMC County Controller Wagner Audits 'Off-Book' Accounts <p>In the wake of Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper’s indictment on counts of conspiracy and theft of public funds, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner wants to increase transparency in county funds.</p><p>She and County Manager William McKain are auditing “off-book” accounts with the goal of bringing them under the county’s centralized accounting and banking system.</p><p>She called the accounts “historic relics” from the county’s former row office structure.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:11:03 +0000 Jessica Nath 16047 at Debt a Major Issue in Allegheny County, Controller Says <p></p><p></p><p>Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said Thursday one of the most concerning issues facing the county is the amount of money going toward debt services.</p><p>In 2012, the county’s debt load increased $90 million, according to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Total annual debt service payments have increased to $62.6 million.</p><p>“Of this $62.6 million, we are now paying more on the interest than on the principal,” Wagner said.</p><p>The debt service for the county poses a challenge to providing services and investments for communities.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 18:49:29 +0000 Deanna Garcia 8897 at Debt a Major Issue in Allegheny County, Controller Says Pittsburgh Airport Trash Hauler Overbilled <p>The company that collects the trash from businesses at the Pittsburgh International Airport is overbilling its users according to an Allegheny County Controller’s audit released Thursday.</p><p>Controller Chelsa Wagner said Allied Waste Service of Pittsburgh incorrectly billed tenants from December 2007 through August 2012 resulting in extra charges of about $195,000.</p><p>Wagner’s office launched the audit after a customer complained to the Airport Authority, which then passed the complaint to the county’s fiscal watchdog.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:03:35 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 7739 at Pittsburgh Starts Legal Battle with UPMC over Nonprofit Status <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced Wednesday the city will embark in a legal battle against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's nonprofit status.<br><br>The Pennsylvania Supreme Court developed a nonprofit test as a result of the case Hospital Utilization Project v. Commonwealth. An organization must act within the following five "HUP" test parameters in order to be considered a purely public charity:<br><br>1. Advances a charitable purpose<br>2. Donates or renders gratuitously a substantial portion of its services Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:15:46 +0000 Emily Farah 4169 at Pittsburgh Starts Legal Battle with UPMC over Nonprofit Status Wagner Urges Taxpayers 'Watch Out For Windfalls' <p>Most of the attention and criticism of the property tax system over the past year has been about the reassessments of more than a half million properties in Allegheny County.</p><p>"The law is very clear," said County Controller Chelsa Wagner, "specifically in Allegheny County you cannot have any windfall. That doesn't mean 1 percent, that doesn't mean 5 percent, that means zero."</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:21:21 +0000 Kevin Gavin 4119 at Allegheny County Controller Wagner Thinks Harrisburg Should Reconsider <div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner is calling on the Pennsylvania legislature to allow local governments to decide if a landowner deserves to be given property tax breaks as a nonprofit&nbsp;entity.</p><p>Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, “purely public charities” are exempt from the payment of property taxes to local municipalities.&nbsp; An April 2012 decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court enabled local taxing entities to more aggressively challenge tax-exempt&nbsp;status.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:36:06 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 1128 at Allegheny County Controller Wagner Thinks Harrisburg Should Reconsider