City letter complies with overseer demands

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The city of Pittsburgh on Friday submitted a letter to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority to comply with demands by the state overseer, which had threatened to withhold gaming funds.

The authority, one of two bodies appointed by the state to oversee the city's finances when it was declared financially distressed, approves the city's budget every year and also controls the release of gaming money to the city. It approved the city's 2013 budget in the fall but made its approval conditional on a number of requirements.

Henry Sciortino, executive director of the authority, claimed the city didn't meet some of the requirements and sent a letter last week to city solicitor Dan Regan demanding that the city lay out a concrete timeline to comply. He gave the city until the end of the business day on Friday to respond.

Mr. Sciortino said the city fell short of its commitment to buy about $7 million in business intelligence software that would help it streamline its financial management.

Marissa Doyle, spokeswoman for Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, said Friday that the mayor has responded.

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