Tax credits for affordable housing, waterfront developments coming to Pittsburgh

With the passage of a new revenue plan for FY 2016-2017, a number of tax credits have been awarded for housing and waterfront developments across the Pittsburgh region and the state. 

Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny/Shaler) announced a waterfront tax credit based off of his SB 282, which encourages private investment in properties that create public access to waterfronts through a tax credit, was included as part of the revenue package signed into law Wednesday evening. 

“The Waterfront Development Tax Credit will be a tremendous help in the future development of waterfronts across the Commonwealth,” said the senator. “The City of Pittsburgh has been revitalizing our waterfront where it has become the envy of other cities with riverfronts.” 
Friday, July 15, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

First round of PWSA water testing finds lead levels exceeds EPA threshold

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released the results from compliance testing for lead and copper required by state and federal regulations Tuesday afternoon.

PWSA pre-selected 100 residential sites for the compliance test based on a method prescribed under regulatory guidelines requiring a water provider to obtain tap samples from homes that have, or are expected to have, lead service lines or plumbing. 

It was found that 45 homes were non-detect for lead, 15 are between 2.1 and 4.6 ppb (parts per billion), 7 are between 22 and 38 ppb, and 4 are between 50 and 75 ppb. 

The federally accepted minimum, according to the PSWA, is 15 ppb. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority takes steps to tackle lead, billing and customer support

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was joined by Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) interim executive director David Donahue to outline water quality initiatives and provide an update on billing issues at a press conference on Friday morning.


Through a free residential customer requested water lead testing program, it was found that 20 water samples out of 393 that were taken from customers of PWSA, contained lead levels at or above the federally accepted minimum. 


The federally accepted minimum, according to the PSWA, is 15 parts per billion (ppb). The highest test result found within the samples was 60 ppb, said Donahue. 


57 percent of those tested were non-detect for lead, 18 percent were between 1-5 ppb, 13 percent were between 5.1 and 9.9 ppb and six percent were between 10-14.9 ppb. 

Friday, July 1, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh closer to $18 million that financial overseer withheld

The board of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA), Pittsburgh’s state-appointed fiscal overseer, voted on Tuesday evening to negotiate a legal settlement over $18 million owed to the city from state gambling tax revenue. 

As The PLS Reporter previously reported, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto’s administration filed a lawsuit against the ICA to get that money back. 

The board of directors voted to authorize Chairwoman B.J. Leber and interm executive director Reynolds Clark and ICA attorneys to finalize an agreement with the city that will be brought back to the ICA board for approval. There was also an agreement by the board and the city to drop a right-to-know law request for financial documents. 

Friday, June 24, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
General Assembly taking steps to help reform Pittsburgh ICA

General Assembly taking steps to help reform Pittsburgh ICA

The Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee met Wednesday to consider legislation that would reform an embattled budget oversight agency in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) is a special administrative body created by the state legislature in 2004 to oversee the finances of the City of Pittsburgh as it was facing financial hardship.

SB 1221, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) calls on the body to adopt a records-retention policy, file monthly financial statements, maintain a website and establish a formal process to determine how state gaming monies can be used in the City’s “best interest.” 

Thursday, May 19, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh