Press Releases

Press Releases

MEDIA CONTACT 

Lou Takacs, Communications Director

Phone :412-350-4157

Mail to : Louis.Takacs@AlleghenyCounty

CONTROLLER WAGNER RAISES CONCERNS OVER POTENTIAL COUNTY WINDFALL

February 19, 2013
Today, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner sounded a cautionary alarm after her analysis revealed that the County could be on track to overcharge the average household by fifty dollars in property taxes in 2013. This overcharge could net the County as much as million in “windfall” revenues.  The Controller also expressed concern over the lack […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER STATEMENT REGARDING COUNTY INACTION ON CALL FOR LOWERING MILLAGE RATE, AVOIDING WINDFALL

February 19, 2013
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner released the following statement regarding tonight’s County Council meeting and the failure of the County Executive and County Council to take real action to examine the County’s inflated millage rate and avoid a potential illegal windfall: "While I appreciate that County Council made some effort tonight, this still does not […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER RELEASES OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS OF DOWNTOWN STEAM HEAT PROVIDER ‘PACT’

February 19, 2013
Auditors uncover no-bid contracts, preferential rates, and lack of oversight Controller Chelsa Wagner today released an operational analysis of the County’s steam heat provider, Pittsburgh Allegheny County Thermal (PACT). For the period of June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011, the County paid PACT .4 million to heat and cool six buildings. In addition to […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER HIGHLIGHTS BENEFITS OF INCREASING FINANCIAL COLLABORATION TO ICA BOARD

January 3, 2013
Allegheny County’s financial management system – maintained and operated by County Controller’s Office – has been an example nationally for use of innovative, efficient best-practices and smart business processes in municipal government. The system also allows for better intergovernmental communication for services and increased transparency and efficiency.   Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner appeared today […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER CALLS FOR GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY FOR COUNTY PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS

January 3, 2013
Audit validates Wagner’s previous recommendations for improving process Today, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner released an audit of the County’s Office of Property Assessments (OPA)’s administration of property tax exemptions and abatements. Wagner renewed her call for greater accountability, increased transparency through technological innovation, and oversight of all tax relief and tax forgiveness programs. Last […]

CITY-COUNTY FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM “GOES LIVE”

December 4, 2012
Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb and Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner today jointly announced the merging of financial management systems under the County’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne system. "For the past four years, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have been diligently working and planning for the implementation of a joint financial management system," said […]

WAGNER TO LAUNCH EVALUATION OF REASSESSMENT PROCESS

December 4, 2012
Citing the significant disparities between comparable properties in reassessed values released thus far, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner today announced that her office will evaluate the more than million in contracts with Tyler Technologies, Inc. for the period of June 2010 through the end of this year, as well as conduct an independent study of […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER COMMENTS ON CORBETT TRANSIT ‘PLAN’

December 4, 2012
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner today issued the following statement on Gov. Tom Corbett’s refusal to address the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s funding crisis, even as the Authority’s board voted today to impose additional service cuts.

CONTROLLER RELEASES 2011 REPORT ON STATE OF COUNTY FINANCES

December 4, 2012
Allegheny County government continues to have fiscal concerns, and greater challenges loom on the horizon, even as the County economy recovers from the Great Recession, according to County Controller Chelsa Wagner. “County government can no longer exist in a constant state of financial instability with little flexibility and inadequate resources to invest in the future,” […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER, MARATHON BOARD MEMBER, TO PARTICIPATE IN RELAY

December 4, 2012
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, a member of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Board of Directors, will participate in the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay on Sunday, May 6, 2012. Controller Wagner’s leg of the Relay will take her through neighborhoods of the North Side, West End and South Shore that she represented for […]