PITTSBURGH, PA -- Keeping with his promise to run an accountable and transparent government, Mayor William Peduto today issued an executive policy detailing the rules for the use of unrestricted and restricted parking passes by City of Pittsburgh employees. Under the new policy there will be a total of 29 parking passes, only 11 of which will be unrestricted. This is an almost 90% cut from the 271 passes that were circulating before Mayor Peduto revoked them last month in an executive order.
“We need to be responsible with the public’s money,” said Mayor Peduto. “The parking pass situation that existed before was out of control and it was past time to reign it in. There are a very limited number of employees who will receive these passes to do their jobs and this policy ensures that it will stay that way.”
The policy is just one part of an unprecedented effort to professionalize and reform Pittsburgh’s government. It follows on a policy issued last week to stop the use of city property for political purposes by banning elected officials’ names from city property. These policies are just the beginning of what will be a permanent commitment to revolutionize city government.
The reform of the city’s parking permits will also help to bolster the city’s pension fund. Under current law and agreements, some excess revenue derived from parking meters is transferred to the fund annually. By decreasing the number of parking passes by nearly 90%, the Mayor is also ensuring that workers’ pensions will be there when they need them.
“We have to respect the commitments we have made to our workers,” said the Mayor. “They do a great job for this city, they work hard, and I will do what it takes to protect their pensions.”
The policy calls for 11 unrestricted parking passes to be available to the nine members of City Council and the Controller with one reserved for the law department’s magistrate court attorney. An additional 18 restricted permits are available to city departments including 10 in the department of finance, one in the department of public works, one in the bureau of building inspection, two in the department of planning, and four in the Controller’s office. Finance and the Controller’s office play an important role in inspections for revenue collection and in contract inspection, respectively, and their employees are required to travel across the city regularly to complete their job duties.
The policy requires that all passes be kept by department or bureau directors and be signed out by employees on a daily basis.
The policy is the result of an executive order the Mayor issued January 23 as part of his ongoing efforts to reform city government. The Office of the Mayor will receive no parking passes in accordance with the policy.
The text of the policy is available here.
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Monday, February 24, 2014
City of Pittsburgh
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