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Funding for group supporting county parks, libraries and stadiums up in 2014

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By Bill Zlatos
Monday, March 24, 2014, 5:18 p.m.

Sales tax collections that go to the Allegheny Regional Asset District were 3.2 percent ahead of last year's in the first quarter of the year, district officials announced Monday.

RAD has received $26.6 million this year, compared to $21.9 million for the same period in 2013. Property taxes the state sends to RAD lag by two months, meaning money the district received this month was for purchases that shoppers made in January.

David Donahoe, executive director of RAD, attributed the increase to a rise in delinquent sales tax payments by businesses. RAD supports parks, libraries, stadiums and cultural groups with half of the proceeds of an additional 1 percent sales tax in Allegheny County.

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