Press Releases

Press Releases

MEDIA CONTACT 

Lou Takacs, Communications Director

Phone :412-350-4157

Mail to : Louis.Takacs@AlleghenyCounty

MISSING ELECTRONICS, CONFLICTING FUND BALANCES RAISE RED FLAGS IN CONTROLLER JAIL AUDIT

July 17, 2013
Wagner Expresses Full Confidence in New Jail Administration to Rectify Deficiencies DOWNLOAD THE REPORT PDF PITTSBURGH — In a report released today, County Controller Chelsa Wagner revealed inadequate internal controls over to prisoner fund accounts at the Allegheny County Jail. Of particular concern, the Controller’s Audit Team could not locate three missing pieces of technology […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER SPEAKS IN HARRISBURG ON PROPOSED STATE BUDGET

June 4, 2013
Urges Lawmakers to Enact a 2013 State Budget that Invests in Pennsylvania, Strengthens Social Programs, Helps Schools and Families, and to Postpone Corporate Tax Cuts at the Expense of All Pennsylvanians    Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner traveled to Harrisburg to speak on the proposed 2013-2014 state budget, urging lawmakers to explore alternatives to the […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER RELEASES OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

May 23, 2013
Audit Team Uncovers Inadequate Management Practices that Cause Late Payments to Contractors, Failure to Seek Timely Reimbursements from State and Federal Funds, and Subpar Inspection Services Allegheny County ControllerChelsa Wagner announced that her Audit Team completed an Operational Analysis of the County Department of Public Works.  Calling the work of the Audit Team, “extremely important […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER RAISES CONCERNS OVER ALLEGHENY COUNTY FINANCES

May 2, 2013
Challenges for Allegheny County’s long-term fiscal health loom on the horizon, even as the overall County economy weathered the storm of the Great Recession, according to County Controller Chelsa Wagner.   “While the economic data shows real reasons for optimism in terms of jobs and growth, Allegheny County, and the wider region, still face chronic […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER SPEAKS OUT, “UPMC NOT LIKE OTHER CHARITIES.”

April 17, 2013
Controller speaks out, UPMC not like other charities……http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sectionfront/opinion/upmc-is-different-from-other-charities-683756/

CONTROLLER WAGNER RELEASES CONTRACT COMPLIANCE REVIEW OF AIRPORT WAST DISPOSAL COMPANY. AUDITORS UNCOVER 193,138 USD IN IMPROPERLY ASSESSED CHARGES DUE BACK TO TENANTS

April 12, 2013
Auditors uncover $193,138 in improperly assessed charges due back to airport tenants Controller Chelsa Wagner today released the findings of a contract compliance review of Browning-Ferris Industries of PA, LLC (d/b/a Allied Waste Service of Pittsburgh), the entity that provides waste disposal services at the Pittsburgh International Airport.  The Airport Authority contracts with Allied Waste […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER COMMENDS CITY FOR TAKING ACTION ON TAX EXEMPTION FAIRNESS

March 22, 2013
I commend Mayor Ravenstahl and the City of Pittsburgh for taking real action today to examine the validity of UPMC’s status as a purely public charity under the Pennsylvania constitution. By taking this step, the City and Mayor Ravenstahl have taken a major stride to institute fairness and accountability for our taxpayers. This is about […]

COUNTY CONTROLLER LAUNCHES PROPRTY TAX WINDFALL WATCH

March 19, 2013
Disappointed by the lack of information available to taxpayers, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner unveiled her property tax “Windfall Watch” in an effort to promote greater transparency in this process. Wagner’s “Windfall Watch” can be found at http://windfallwatch.alleghenycontroller.com . Citing no central place for taxpayers to access information to determine whether their taxes are fair, […]

COUNTY CONTROLLER WAGNER OPPOSSES SENATE BILL 4

March 19, 2013
Urges Senate to Vote “No” on Proposed Constitutional Amendment that Restricts Municipalities’ Ability to Challenge Tax Exemptions Today, County Controller Chelsa Wagner, a former State Representative, voiced her opposition to Senate Bill 4 and she urged the Legislature to allow decisions on property tax exemptions to be made by local governments.  Tomorrow at 10:00am, the […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER RELEASES AUDIT OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY

February 19, 2013
Today, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner released the first audit report in over a decade regarding the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). The Controller initiated this analysis to assess whether CCAC has conducted its operations with demonstrated fiscal prudence, and in a manner which justifies the continued significant financial support of the taxpayers of […]