Tax abatement program extended 2 more years

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After much debate, members of Allegheny County Council voted Tuesday night to continue a two-year county tax abatement program for new home construction.

The abatement acts as an incentive for people to build new homes in Allegheny County, versus in surrounding counties, builders Dion McMullen of Londonbury Homes and Jeff Martin of Richland Holdings told council members.

Their argument appealed to many council members.

Council voted 8 to 7 to keep the full two-year abatement program for new home construction.

Also Tuesday, the council approved the $4.9 million sale of the county Health Department headquarters in Oakland. Developer Gary Wilson has told council he plans a $30 million building project that could include a new apartment building, office complex or hotel.

Rocco, the Pittsburgh police dog killed last week, was also recognized at the county council meeting, with Councilman James Ellenbogen, D-Banksville, reading a proclamation honoring the fallen canine.

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