Property Tax Increase Will Be on the Fall Ballot

Property Tax Increase Will Be on the Fall Ballot

According to a newspaper article the proposal to amend the Allegheny County Home Rule Charter by asking voters to approve a property tax increase of 0.25 mills for an Allegheny County Children’s Fund gathered enough signatures to be placed on the general election ballot in November.

A blog from June detailed the wording of the question and the current structure of the County’s operating funds.  This year, of the 4.73 mills in property tax levied by the County, 3.95 mills is used for general operating purposes and 0.77 mills is used for debt service.

Voters will have plenty to think about regarding this question–a quarter of a mill would generate around $19 million annually based on current collections.  How much is spent in the County from various sources (Federal, state, local, school district, non-profit) on these programs? What are the outcomes of these programs? How will the money be distributed? Who will oversee it?  The fact that the money would be housed at the County level and then probably awarded to municipalities, school districts, etc. means government is sure to grow.