Allegheny County is making more money than it did last year, due in part to an increase in alcohol consumption.
Revenue is up 6.4 percent over last year, or about $30 million, county Treasurer John Weinstein told county council’s budget and finance committee Wednesday. Part of that is because of an 11 percent surge in income from alcoholic beverage tax, which is projected to raise $34.6 million this year.
“That will show you there’s been an increase in alcohol consumption in Allegheny County,” Mr. Weinstein said.
Mr. Weinstein’s report only covered the $495.6 million his department oversees and didn’t include fees from individual departments or external grants. County council’s budget committee will meet next with Controller Chelsa Wagner to get her take on the county’s financial condition.