Peduto Presents 2019 Budget, OnePGH Collaboration

No tax increases, fees sought from non-profits, corporations

Joe DeStio
November 14, 2018 - 11:14 am
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — City officials are ready to take the wraps off a new program to get non-profits to help fund community goals.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he will unveil his OnePGH collaboration later this month.

In his budget address to city council on Tuesday, Peduto described it as “a comprehensive plan that works together with our non-profit institutions, with our corporate community, with our philanthropic community.”

Peduto said the needs are clear: “affordable housing, health and wellness, workforce development, early childhood education.”

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But it’s been years since the city had an agreement with major non-profits to contribute funding for these initiatives in lieu of taxes.

At one point the city was suing UPMC for payments in lieu of taxes. More than four years ago, the mayor withdrew the lawsuit to focus on negotiations.

“OnePGH will be an organization built to long outlast any mayor, any city council,” Peduto said. “A true nexus of the efforts of the public and private sectors.”

Council has until 2019 to ratify the mayor’s 2019 budget plan, which includes $571,531,034 million in spending and projected revenues of $579,421,038 million.

He pitched allocating $20.3 million to resurface 75 miles of streets, claiming “2019 will see the highest level of paving in living memory.”

More than $10 million would go to landslide and flood mitigation, about double that of the 2018 budget.

Staffing of first responders would also increase, bringing the overall number to the largest in 20 years according to the mayor.

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Jennifer Bloodworth contributed to this article. 

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