Groups move toward South Side tax for cleanup, safety
Despite boisterous opposition from many of the nearly 175 people at a meeting in the South Side tonight, representatives from five organizations voted unanimously to move forward with the process to create a tax to pay for litter cleanup, safety patrols and other services in the neighborhood.
The next step rests with Pittsburgh City Councilman Bruce Kraus, who will have to petition his colleagues on council to take up the matter, according to Susie Puskar, neighborhood outreach coordinator for the Neighborhood Improvement District, or NID.
Following the meeting, Kraus said he would review the positions expressed tonight and at several community gatherings at which creation of the NID was discussed, and then issue his decision in writing in about a week.
The NID includes nearly all of the "Flats" between Ninth and 29th streets, with the exception of the SouthSide Works and some industrial properties.
The sliding-scale tax would range from exempting low-income seniors and disabled people to charging businesses on East Carson Street between 10th and 25th streets $50 for each $10,000 of assessed property value with a cap set at $7,500 a year.
Before the NID can be created and the fees levied, the measure will have to win approval by City Council and be signed by the mayor.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Five taken to hospitals after school bus-SUV crash in Washington Township
- Federal tax-fraud investigation appears to be closing in on North Hills businessman
- Hempfield faculty given active shooter training
- McKeesport juvenile hit by school bus on Eden Park Boulevard
- Steelers accomplish mission to get younger, faster on defense
- Pirates, Marlins in talks to play 2016 game in Puerto Rico
- Bubble players get last chance to impress Steelers
- Asking price for Penguins franchise said to be at a record $750M
- Pitt’s Bisnowaty ‘ready to go’ but may not start vs. Youngstown State
- Alcosan rents banner plane in attempt to win contest with Cleveland
- Porterfield: Normalville firefighters to sell hoagies