Allegheny County controller: Office left out of bond sale

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Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner told county council on Tuesday her office has been "shut out" of county efforts to sell $190 million in bonds.

The administration of county Executive Rich Fitzgerald "has erected a brick wall," refusing to provide basic information on the deal and making it impossible for her and her staff to provide an impartial analysis of the transaction, she said.

"We think we've been cooperative," county manager William McKain told council. "But the controller has not been satisfied with what we gave her." County solicitor Andrew Szefi said the bond agreements met all legal requirements.

Council's budget and finance committee recommended and a majority of council had approved the bond deal in July.

Councilman Matt Drozd, R-Ross, urged his colleagues to take another look at the transaction. His Democratic colleague, Michael Finnerty of Scott, said council should not place itself in the middle of a dispute between the county executive and the controller.

Mr. Fitzgerald and Ms. Wagner, both Democrats, have had a contentious relationship, clashing on multiple issues since they took office in January.

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