Press Releases

Press Releases

MEDIA CONTACT 

Lou Takacs, Communications Director

Phone :412-350-4157

Mail to : Louis.Takacs@AlleghenyCounty

WAGNER, LAMB LAUNCH JOINT REVIEW OF PITTSBURGH ALLEGHENY COUNTY THERMAL

December 4, 2012
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner and City of Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb will jointly review Pittsburgh Allegheny County Thermal Ltd. to determine whether continuing to buy steam from the member-owned cooperative is a good deal for taxpayers. “Our objective is to find the best deal for City and County taxpayers,” Lamb said. “People know energy […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER TO CHALLENGE PA ‘VOTER ID’ LAW

December 4, 2012
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner will challenge the Voter ID law signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in March, arguing that it patently violates the Pennsylvania Constitution and federal laws guaranteeing free and equal access to the polls, while placing an unfunded mandate on County taxpayers. Wagner applauded the efforts of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER CALLS FOR REVIEW OF TAX-EXEMPT PROPERTIES

December 4, 2012
With Allegheny County government losing almost million in revenue a year to property-tax exemptions, Controller Chelsa Wagner today called for County government to require organizations seeking tax breaks to show annually that they meet the requirements for them under Pennsylvania law. “While some exemptions are fair, like those for churches and soup kitchens, others are […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER CASTS ‘EYE TOWARD THE FUTURE’ IN REPORT TO TAXPAYERS

December 4, 2012
Noting her goal of making Allegheny County finances and operations “crystal clear” to the public, County Controller Chelsa Wagner today unveiled her 2011 annual report to County taxpayers, “An Eye Toward the Future.” “Allegheny County faces real challenges resulting from years of poor planning and severe cuts from the state and federal governments, many to […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER APPLAUDS ADMINISTRATION FOR QUICK ACTION TO FIX APPEAL INFORMATION

December 4, 2012
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner today applauded the County Office of Property Assessments for its quick action to repair reassessment appeal status information. In a letter to Michael J. Suley, manager of the Office of Property Assessments, Wagner said, “It is important that the information that we provide to property owners be accessible and understandable. […]

CONTROLLER WAGER REPORTS MILLION OF POTENTIAL PORT AUTHORITY REVENUE IN LATEST TAXPAYER ALERT

December 4, 2012
On the heels of the landmark agreement to save transit in Allegheny County, County Controller Chelsa Wagner released her report (.pdf download) detailing immediate action steps for growing the region’s largest transit system.  Controller Wagner’s “Taxpayer Alert” details how the Port Authority can generate million a year in additional revenue by getting up to speed […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER RELEASES ASSESSMENT REPORT; FINDS MINIMAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR CONTRACTOR

December 4, 2012
Over the past four months, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner and the Controller’s Auditing Division have engaged in a detailed review of the most recent property reassessment in Allegheny County. The goals of Controller Wagner’s engagement were two-fold. First, the Controller wanted to evaluate whether or not the County’s reassessment contractor, Tyler Technologies, complied the […]

VOTER ID RULING ONLY TEMPORARY REPRIEVE FROM UNFUNDED MANDATE, CONTROLLER WAGNER SAYS

December 4, 2012
Statement of Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner on Commonwealth Court Voter ID ruling: “The decision to delay Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law is a victory for democracy and fair elections, albeit a temporary one. It is clear that this law could not have been implemented in the few short weeks before a high-turnout election without chaos […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER CALLS FOR LONG-TERM CAPITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT IN LIGHT OF DISTURBING GARAGE AUDIT

December 4, 2012
Today, County Controller Chelsa Wagner issued her audit of the County-owned Fourth Avenue Garage Building’s closure, saying that the County's long-term failure to conduct necessary and routine maintenance of the building resulted in higher costs to taxpayers.  Additionally, she issued a two-fold warning to the County. First, Wagner said the County must focus its efforts […]