Fitzgerald Kicks Off County Executive Fall Campaign

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Former County Council President and Democratic nominee for county executive, Rich Fitzgerald, kicked off his fall campaign Tuesday.

Fitzgerald is facing off against Republican D. Raja.

Eight weeks from today, Allegheny County voters will choose their next county executive.

Raja has already delivered a number of policy statements at press conferences and town meetings.

Today, it was Fitzgerald’s turn and the tone was all positive.

Saying he had a record of reform and fiscal responsibility, Fitzgerald noted that he wrote the law creating the Homestead Exemption of Homeowners.

“The Homestead Exemption gives $15,000 off of your county assessment dollars. So, for example, if you live in a $50,000 home, that’s assessed at $50,000, you get a 30 percent discount. It’s a significant discount,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald opposes the court-ordered reassessment of property.

“We’re going to continue to oppose the reassessment because what a reassessment will do is that it will raise taxes, particularly school taxes,” Fitzgerald said.

Citing Gov. Tom Corbett’s transportation commission, the Democrat said this region needs a regional, not a county, transit authority that includes the surrounding counties.

“He encourages consolidation of county transit agencies as a way to save money, and I agree with the Governor’s commission on that. I think they’re heading in the right direction,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald said more than a quarter of downtown and Oakland workers live outside Allegheny County.

Fitzgerald used today’s event to say he will fight hard for senior citizens, pointing out that seniors and retirees on fixed incomes get hardest hit from property taxes.


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  • Sydney Raible

    In my opinion Sen. Brewster is riding dirty and needs to be cesured for the Crawford Village rent fraud scheme and police chief Brian Washowich and agent Rene Febbles should be fired for helping him pull it off, whats the point of hurting poor people if you yourself are poor too?

  • Vinny Boom Baah

    An Indian and an Irishman walk into a bar……..

    • Sydney Raible

      I hear ya

  • No one cares

    I was at the Allegheny County Courthouse on other business, and saw his press conference live in the courtyard. There were about fifteen people there. Five supporters he paid to hold signs to be his backdrop, and ten reporters that other people were paying to be there. I would have been embarrassed if I were him.

    • Rooney

      That was all of Fitz’s kids

  • YoLonda

    You can’t comment on stories about the shooting of people of color……

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