Proposed county budget doesn't have a tax increase
Last updated 10/19/2017 at 12:13pm
Pursuant to 1.7-702 of the Home Rule Charter, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald presented his sixth proposed budget and the 2018 Comprehensive Fiscal Plan to County Council.
The $905.7 million budget represents a $25.4 million, or 2.8 percent increase over last year. It is the 16th time in 17 years that the balanced annual operating and capital budgets are proposed with no increase in the property tax millage rate. It also marks the sixth consecutive year the plan is presented without the use of one-time revenue sources to balance the operating budget.
“The continued growth of this region, as evidenced by new construction, has allowed us to continue on a strong financial footing. Coupled with smart refinancing, finding efficiencies in county government and the work of the county manager, budget director and department heads to focus on the bottom line, we are continuing to provide investment in our facilities and resources and provide the services our residents rely on without raising taxes,” said Mr. Fitzgerald
Among the highlights in the proposed budget:
• The 2018 budget continues to the county’s commitment to support programming and events offered in its parks. Enhancements include a wide variety of activities, programming led by park rangers, an ever-expanding concert series, and the new forestry team.
• Once again, the budget focuses on ensuring services are available to the most vulnerable in the community. The proposed budget maximizes state and federal funding with an increase in the county’s match. The budget also allows Human Services to continue to focus on the treatment, prevention and intervention of people with opiate and other substance abuse disorders in our community, and will do so in partnership with other departments and agencies as current activities are examined and future strategies redefined with the hope that we can reduce mortality as well as election.
• The Health Department has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board, reflecting that the department’s programs are as responsive as possible to the needs of the communities they serve. These high standards will also be recognized by funding agencies when the department applies for additional federal, state and local grants to support programming.
The proposed capital budget totals $106.6 and includes 73 different infrastructure and capital improvement projects. The county continues to invest in the restoration of historic landmarks, provide a robust roads program, and work on many of the more than 500 bridges including the three “Sister Bridges” in the downtown core.
Allegheny County Council will hold budget hearings on the proposed capital and operating budgets in the coming months. The county’s Home Rule Charter requires that council must adopt balanced annual operating and capital budgets 25 days before the end of the fiscal year.