RAD approves $91.2M budget to fund various agencies

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The Allegheny Regional Asset District approved a $91.2 million budget Tuesday, its first to break the $90 million mark.

RAD receives half of Allegheny County’s 1 percent sales tax and distributes funds to groups, parks and other amenities.

Funding grants to 91 agencies, the district’s 20th budget approved Tuesday is 1.7 percent larger than last year’s. The district saw $87 million in sales tax revenue and tapped its grant stabilization reserve fund for an additional $4.2 million.

Nearly a third of the funding goes to libraries, with another third funding regional parks and trails. The balance is split between a variety of civic assets, including the Pittsburgh Zoo and the Phipps Conservatory.

Directors apparently found room for extra money after releasing the preliminary budget in October, with an additional $947,750 allocated in the final budget.

The biggest bump in funding went to the new connection/accessibility category, which awards projects that increase the ease of use of programs for all residents or encourage the sharing of resources across projects.

The Allegheny Land Trust also got an additional $120,000 for its Montour Trail Connection and Heritage Trail restoration projects.

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