Rich Fitzgerald's 2020 County Budget Features No Tax Increases

The $959.8 million dollar budget went up over 2% from last year

Larry Richert and John Shumway
October 09, 2019 - 10:25 am
Rich Fitzgerald

Andrew Limberg

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - There will be no tax increase in Allegheny County for the 18th time in the last 19 years.

The $959.8 million dollar budget went up over 2% from last year, mainly due to new private construction and economic growth.

“That growth, add to the tax base so that we do not have to increase the millage rate - and the millage rate staying the same without a property assessment means actually you're paying the same as last year, and the year before.,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said During an interview with KDKA Radio on Wednesday.

“So in real dollar terms, you're actually paying a little bit less because it's not indexed. Our taxes are not indexed for inflation, the way the states and the federal government is with sales and income tax.”

The plan also cuts back on road paving in order to stabilize landslides throughout the region.

You can learn more about the 2020 budget and listen to the full interview with Fitzgerald below.

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