Budget proposal gives controller more money

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Allegheny County Council's Budget and Finance Committee will consider a second proposal to restore some funding for the county controller's office next year.

Councilman Michael Finnerty, D-Scott, on Tuesday introduced an alternative 2013 operating budget that would raise spending for Controller Chelsa Wagner's office by $200,000 above the $5.7 million proposed by county Executive Rich Fitzgerald. "She's our fiscal watchdog, and I want her to be watching," Mr. Finnerty said.

Councilman William Robinson, D-Hill District, also has introduced a budget that would provide $400,000 more than Mr. Fitzgerald's spending plan.

While the county executive proposes a "comprehensive fiscal plan," county council has the final say on spending and tax rates.

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