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Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 11:08 a.m.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl on Tuesday proposed spending about $66 million on road and park improvements in 2013 — $3 million less than this year — but noted the amount of his capital budget is significantly higher than some previous years when the city was pinching pennies.

In his annual budget address to City Council, Ravenstahl said the city has rebounded financially and can continue rebuilding infrastructure. Ravenstahl already proposed a $470 million general fund spending plan that maintains the current tax rate.

The capital budget, which pays for things such as paving roads and improving recreational facilities, includes about $37 million left from $80 million in bonds issued this year, $13 million in state money and about $16 million from other sources.

Ravenstahl said the capital budget sets aside $16 million for improving playgrounds and recreation fields, $10 million for paving, $6 million for new vehicles and $3 million to demolish abandoned buildings.

“We will work to rebuild and maintain critical infrastructure throughout the city,” he said.

Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or

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