Policy Brief

Auctions are the remedy for city property holdings

Summary: A recent performance audit by the City Controller’s office examined the sale of tax-delinquent and city-owned real property in Pittsburgh in recent years.  There could be major improvements to reduce the number of holdings. Buying land and buildings that … Continue reading


Ballot question on parks: a look at 2020 city spending

In two weeks Pittsburgh voters will decide a home rule charter amendment that would create a trust fund for parks with an additional 0.5 mill property tax.  Based on budgeted city property tax collections ($147 million for 2019) and current … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

Government abuse of power

Not content with attempting to milk in-state turnips and pluck clean in-state golden geese for extra tax revenue, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania now has turned to squeezing out-of-staters. It was on Sept. 30 that the Keystone State announced it will, … Continue reading