Thursday, January 24, 2013
County Controller Chelsa Wagner says the amount could be about $50 for the average household.
An analysis by Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has shown the county could be on track to overcharge the average household by $50 in property taxes in 2013. “There is a strong possibility, from the data we have analyzed, that the county is on track to gain a windfall of as much as $38 million," Wagner said in a statement issued Thursday. “I am calling on the administration to publicize every detail of their millage calculation to assure all taxpayers that no windfall will occur. No resident of Allegheny County should be overcharged one cent or $1, let alone $50 or more for the county’s failure to act.” She also expressed concern over the lack of transparency and available information surrounding the county’s current, adopted 2013 …
Friday, December 28, 2012
The Pennsylvania governor speaks at the Moon Township-based air wing, urging military officials to scrap plans to shutter the base.
Standing beneath the wings of a C-130 aircraft at the 911th Airlift Wing, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said he would work with Pennsylvania's federal lawmakers to fight renewed plans to close the Moon Township air base. Corbett, appearing alongside Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, and state Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, implored military officials and federal lawmakers to end efforts to close the 911th as a cost-saving measure. "I'm going to ask our (Pennsylvania) congressional delegation to do whatever they need to do to save this base," Corbett said. The U.S. Air Force has again taken initial steps toward closing the airlift wing after March 2013—the expiration of a law put in …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Emergency Operations Center to be deactivated Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and other county officials expressed relief Tuesday morning that the region was not hit as hard as expected and praised the response and preparation of the Emergency Operations Center and emergency responders. “Allegheny County and this region was very fortunate that the storm turned and slowed down last night,” Fitzgerald said at a briefing Tuesday morning at the operations center. “We had no loss of life, ordered no evacuations, did not have to open any shelters, and found that all parties addressed and responded to issues quickly," he said. "I am very proud of the preparation and response of the staff and emergency responders who were on the front lines yesterday and overnight.” Fitzgerald …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Council and other civic groups will host 7 p.m. event.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Council will host a Sept. 11 flag retirement and remembrance ceremony at North Park's Flag Retirement Plaza at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The ceremony will include members of all branches of the military, veterans, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, Pine-Richland JROTC, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, according to a news advisory by Fitzgerald's office. The plaza is at the intersection of Ingomar Road and Babcock Boulevard in North Park. _____________________ Keeping up with news in the Pine-Richland community is easy—simply sign up for our daily email newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.
Monday, September 10, 2012
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says Allegheny County cannot afford the annual light show due to costs and a lack of sponsors. Should the holiday-themed show go on anyway?
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced Monday that the county will discontinue the annual holiday-themed Celebration of Lights at Hartwood Acres Park due to high costs and declining sponsorships. The county-owned park spanning property in Hampton and Indiana townships has been the longtime site and the county Department of Parks and Recreation has overseen the annual three-mile driving tour of displays depicting Christmas, Hanukkah and winter themes. Contributions from visitors have been earmarked for Project Bundle-up, a project by WTAE and the Salvation Army to outfit needy children and senior citizens with coats and cold-weather gear. In past years, the Celebration of Lights has been known to generate long lines of traffic…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and members of the Allegheny County Council will help to properly burn U.S. flags.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and members of the Allegheny County Council will host a sixth annual U.S. flag retirement ceremony at the "By the Dawn's Early Light" Flag Retirement Plaza in South Park on Thursday night at 7. Flags that have become worn and unusable while flying in service to the United States will be properly retired in the plaza's burn pit on Flag Day. Among the groups participating in the ceremony will be the West Mifflin Area High School Air Force JROTC, United States Colored Troops Youth Re-enactment Drum Corps, 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops and local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Legion members. Keeping up with news in the Pine-Richland community is easy—simply sign up for our daily …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Port Authority transit is running on its regular weekday schedule.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Allegheny County courts and court records office will be closed today for Good Friday, as will the District Attorney's office, county officials said. All divisions of the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office also will be closed except for the real estate and civil divisions. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's office and other administrative county offices will be open. Port Authority bus, light-rail and incline service will run on its regular weekday schedule but the Downtown Service Center is closed. The authority's Twitter account will not be staffed but customer service phone lines will operate from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Ross Township Municipal Center and Community Center is closed today through Sunday in observance of the holiday. It will …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Life gets busy. Deadlines creep up on us all. Patch helps you to remember—before it's too late.
Welcome to Last Chance, a Patch series reminding you of deadlines you don't want to miss. This week's dates to remember? 1.) Today is the last day for property owners in Allegheny County to file formal appeals of their 2013 court-ordered reassessments. Forms must be postmarked on or before today. They also may be taken to one of several collection points today. “I encourage all property owners to file a formal appeal by Monday’s deadline to preserve their legal rights,” County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a statement. “In fact, I am filing an appeal on my own property because I do not agree with its 2013 court-ordered reassessment value," he said. "Appeals may always be withdrawn, but once Monday’s deadline passes, property owners …