Sunday, March 24, 2013
Or does it act more as a business? And what about the other major nonprofits in the area?
In a June 2012 "Taxpayer Alert," Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner questioned the fairness of nonprofits that have expanded their roles beyond the traditional definition of a charitable organization, but still maintain tax-exempt status. "In these challenging financial times, it is our duty and responsibility to address the questions raised by a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling and determine if properties are used for a truly charitable purpose," Wagner said in the report. "While exemptions are justified for clearly charitable organizations such as churches, soup kitchens and many others, some are plainly unfair." A 2012 state Supreme Court decision has given local governments a tool to challenge the loopholes in a five-…
Friday, January 25, 2013
County Controller Chelsa Wagner said Thursday the amount could be about $50 for the average household.
An analysis by Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has revealed that the county could be on track to overcharge the average household by $50 in property taxes in 2013. “There is a strong possibility, from the data we have analyzed, that the county is on track to gain a windfall of as much as $38 million," Wagner said in a statement issued on Thursday. “I am calling on the administration to publicize every detail of their millage calculation to assure all taxpayers that no windfall will occur. No resident of Allegheny County should be overcharged one cent or $1, let alone $50 or more for the county’s failure to act.” She also expressed concern over the lack of transparency and available information surrounding the county’s current, …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Board of Elections Chair John DeFazio scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday to consider a call by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to authorize a legal challenge to the Voter ID Law.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Controller Chelsa Wagner are among the officials planning a challenge to the Voter ID law, which was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in March. Sponsored by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry,the law requires voters to show photo identification before they vote at the polls. After a dry run in the April primary, it is scheduled to take effect for the Nov. 6 general election. Allegheny County Board of Elections Chair John DeFazio scheduled a special meeting of the Board of Elections for 3 p.m. Tuesday to consider a call by Fitzgerald for the board to authorize a legal challenge to Act 18, the Voter ID Law. The meeting at the Allegheny County Courthouse will include a vote to authorize a lawsuit against…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wagner launched a comprehensive evaluation of the county's property reassessment process in January.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, who in January launched a comprehensive evaluation of the county’s property reassessment process, is asking property owners who suspect incorrect assessments to contact her office. Property owners whose new assessment numbers differ greatly from similar properties nearby or a recent sales price, or who otherwise believe their new values have been calculated incorrectly, can call Wagner’s Reassessment Hotline at 412-350-7618 or email email@example.com. The information property owners provide will be crucial in helping Wagner make sound recommendations for resolving and improving this process in the best interests of the taxpayers, according to a news release. “There have been great …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Candidates’ Comedy Night will raise money for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund on Aug. 18.
Local and state general election candidates will take the stage at the Pittsburgh Improv on Aug. 18 to seek laughs at Candidates' Comedy Night 2011 and raise money for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund. The adult-oriented evening, which begins at 7:30 p.m., has proven to be a rare political win-win for the last four years. The candidates will benefit from their willingness to be off-message by getting to perform for a politically savvy audience, while local children served by Allegheny County Department of Human Services or Allegheny County Juvenile Probation win as the evening’s beneficiaries of the money raised. Special guest Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato will perform along with the following candidates: Rich Fitzgerald …