Councilman wants audit of fund tapped for parking study

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Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess today called for an audit of a controversial account at the center of a proposed parking study.

Mr. Burgess sent a letter to Barbara McNees, chairwoman of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, one of the city's financial oversight boards, to ask that the panel delay voting on council's request to use $250,000 from the account. Mr. Burgess asked that the ICA postpone a decision until the city controller's office can complete the audit.

On June 8, council voted 8-1 to commission a study of the city's parking garages and meters, saying it needs the information before voting on Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's plan to lease them to a private entity. Mr. Burgess voted against the study, calling it a waste of money.

This week, the ICA ordered council to put off the study until its questions about the funding source can be answered. The ICA said council needed ICA approval before undertaking the study anyway.

Council found the $250,000 in old capital accounts dating to the 1990s. The ICA and Mr. Burgess want to know why the money was just sitting around, what its proper use would be and whether other pots of unused money exist.



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