Q&A Tuesday: Rich Fitzgerald Supports Tax Increase

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — With a vote scheduled for Tuesday afternoon that will determine the fate of a proposed 1 mill property tax increase, Allegheny County executive-elect Rich Fitzgerald stops by the KDKA studios for Q&A Tuesday with Mike Pintek.

Fitzgerald explains why he believes the 21 percent property tax increase – the first in 10 years – is necessary to prevent drastic cuts to human services and the Community College of Allegheny County. 

Pintek asks why Fitzgerald supports the tax increase after outgoing County Executive Dan Onorato’s proposed budget called for no new taxes.  Fitzgerald counters that the steep spending cuts called for in the Onorato budget inspired a public outcry demanding that funding for social programs be reinstated.

Particularly controversial were the $5 million cut from the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, which would leave over $17 million in matching funds from the state on the table.

Fitzgerald goes on to discuss his hopes for his upcoming term in office, and takes your phone calls about the proposed tax increase and more.

Listen to Mike Pintek every weekday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA!

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  1. McDonald says:

    Dude – you speak with a fork tongue. You ran on the platform that you would not increase taxes, and low and hehold, you’re raising taxes. Too bad Raja didn’t win – at least he is a man of his word. You are a disgrace to the Irish race!

  2. Taxman says:

    Pay up,suckers…..It’s about time they raised the property taxes instead of $15.00 dollar an hour parking….Glad I don’t live or work there

  3. Critter says:

    That is one weird looking democrat. Got hair condioner?

  4. Whiskey6 says:

    Hopefully it will give more entitlements to the lazy

    1. McDonald says:

      You got it Whiskey6 – their main concern was the reduction in human services. Since when is it govts reponsibliity to pay for childcare, after school care, etc.? The ones complaining the most about the reduction are the very same ones who don’t even pay taxes.

  5. JESUS says:

    HANG ALL POLITICIANS. THEY’RE ALL DECEIVERS AND CROOKS.

  6. shark says:

    Who’s next? Raise taxes for Port Authority? Why not raise taxes to support the slots and casino’s? Afterall, slots was suppose to lower our taxes. Taxpayers take notice – Politicians are corrupt!

  7. Level Green says:

    I can’t stop laughing. The people of Allegheny County are dumb as rocks to not see this coming. Keep electing Democrats folks….one of these times they have to get it right.

    Thanks though, by electing this moron and his 20% increase in property taxes, you just increased my property values in Westmoreland County because the people that can will be moving out here.

    1. local dude says:

      YES SIREEEEEE……………The voters of Allegheny Conty are dumber than dirt….just plain old stupid. They keep electing the same arseholes every election, then when they are to old to run, a family member takes their place. Dumbarses you got what you deserved

      1. Fitz The Lying Democrat says:

        Some voters didn’t vote for that huge C@ck s$ck@n liar, only the non- tax payers.

  8. sparky says:

    We moved out of the county years ago because we saw this coming. Classic – Say what they want to hear to get elected and then change your tune. The non-tax payers don’t even read these comments…..if they can even read.

  9. Zoeyzotron says:

    Hahahahaaaaa! Like we ddid not see this coming with another DEMOCRAT being elected. Typical Democrat.

    you fools that voted for him need to remember this next time.

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