Allegheny County budget talks continue

| Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 7:24 p.m.

Two Allegheny County Councilmen agreed Tuesday to combine their budget proposal, a move that would restore $300,000 of the proposed cuts to the Controller's Office.

County Council plans to meet again Wednesday to continue discussions regarding Executive Rich Fitzgerald's $799.4 million proposed budget for 2013. In that proposal, Fitzgerald slashed Controller Chelsa Wagner's budget by 10 percent, or $647,000.

A plan by councilmen Michael Finnerty, D-Scott, and Bill Robinson, D-Hill District, would restore $300,000 to the office. Wagner said that level of funding would force 10 layoffs; Fitzgerald disputes that.

Council has not yet agreed to a millage rate to offset the rise in property values. Fitzgerald proposed rolling back the millage to 4.73.

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