PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The city’s 2013 budget has been approved, with the stipulation that Mayor Luke Ravenstahl makes changes to nonprofit contribution protocol.
Ravenstahl has until the end of the year to create a task force that will review other cities’ procedures and decide how much nonprofits will pay the city of Pittsburgh.
Chairman of the state’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, Dana Yearly, wants to eliminate nonprofit confidentiality and ordered the change, according to KDKA’s news partners at the Post-Gazette.
The Post-Gazette were recently granted access to city records containing agreements between the city and nonprofits that don’t pay property taxes, but rather make contributions to the city.
Prior to the ordered change in confidentiality regulations, the city would not hand over the records. The state office of Open Records ordered the city to hand them over, but have yet to give them to the Post-Gazette.
The city has agreements with 10 to 20 nonprofits.