Setting aside all the madness surrounding the reassessment process that began with the mailing of new values to property owners in Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver, it is important to recall that Allegheny County Council voted to increase the County millage rate from 4.69 mills to 5.69 mills effective for 2012. One member stated “the draconian cuts in the state budget” were the cause for the 21 percent millage increase.
Local government is perhaps the most important to its residents, yet many are unaware of how much their municipality collects in revenues and spends on services. In 2010 we started the first of a series that takes a look at the per capita spending and revenue levels of Allegheny County’s municipalities. Last year we looked at the 2008 Municipal Annual Audit and Financial Reports to compare the per capita values and noted the highs and lows. This year we look at the 2009 Reports, the most recent available, to provide an update. This year’s report covers 123 of the 129 smaller municipalities that comprise Allegheny County. We also update the population data from the 2009 estimates to the 2010 Census count.