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By Bill Zlatos
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 6:18 p.m.

The Allegheny Regional Asset District collected 5.4 percent less in sales taxes this month compared to April 2012, RAD officials said Tuesday.

RAD supports parks, libraries, stadiums and cultural groups with half of the proceeds of an additional 1 percent sales tax in Allegheny County.

RAD's collection totaled $6.2 million this month, down $357,000 from a year ago. David Donahoe, executive director of RAD, said he did not know exactly why, but speculated that cold temperatures may have kept shoppers at home.

RAD receipts lag by two months, so the money RAD collected in April came from purchases made in February.

Donahoe said groups' distributions should be not be affected unless the decline persists.

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