Pittsburgh Council gives final budget approval
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Pittsburgh City Council today gave final approval to a $446.5 million budget for next year that includes no tax changes, nor dramatic service changes.
Before voting unanimously for the budget, council made several changes.
Councilman William Peduto attached strings to a plan to draw $4.1 million from a $45.4 fund that had been meant to lower debt payments in later years. Now that withdrawal can't occur until September, at the earliest, and must be preceded by a vote of council.
Councilman Ricky Burgess shifted $118,650 into funds for anti-hunger groups, boosting their allocation to $439,800.
Council members Patrick Dowd, Jim Motznik and Tonya Payne detailed the community groups that will get the $75,000 that their district offices can dole out next year. Mr. Motznik and Ms. Payne are leaving council, to be replaced by Natalia Rudiak and Robert Daniel Lavelle, respectively.
The other six members did not detail their planned use of the funds, which are typically distributed by members over the course of the year.
First Published December 21, 2009 1:10 pm