Revised budget removes extra funds for CCAC

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Members of Allegheny County Council will review a revised budget today that includes many of the essential items proposed by county Executive Rich Fitzgerald last month.

Councilmen William Robinson, D-Hill District, and Michael Finnerty, D-Scott, introduced an operating budget amendment on Tuesday that removes $1.8 million in additional funding for Community College of Allegheny County.

Mr. Robinson, who initially had proposed the extra money for CCAC, said he had not found sufficient support among his colleagues for the additional funding.

The Robinson-Finnerty amendment does provide $300,000 more for the office of Controller Chelsa Wagner than Mr. Fitzgerald proposed. Mr. Fitzgerald sought to give Ms. Wagner's office $5.7 million next year, but the amendment to be discussed today raises that number to $6 million.

The budget amendments will be considered by council's Budget and Finance Committee in a meeting that will start at 4 p.m. in the county courthouse. Mr. Robinson chairs the committee.

Council is scheduled to vote on the operating budget, capital budget and a reduction in the county's millage rate at its meeting on Tuesday. The millage reduction is the result of reassessment. State law forbids taxing bodies from taking "windfalls" from increased property values.

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