PITTSBURGH, PA (July 15, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh today asked the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority to produce documents on its use of gaming funds owed the City, its approvals of City financial plans and other matters.
A discovery request and a related Right To Know request follow the suit the City filed July 2 to force payment of $11.4 million in gaming funds currently owed to the City, which were contained in 2014 and 2015 budgets approved by the ICA. The funding due will rise to $20 million by the end of this year.
“It’s time that the ICA had a watchdog over the gaming funds it owes our taxpayers. We need to know not only when it will hand over the money it currently owes us, but how the ICA has used millions of dollars in other gaming funds through the years,” Mayor William Peduto said.
The ICA’s enabling legislation -- state Act 11 of 2004 -- gives it powers to approve the City’s budget and financial plans, and to withhold state funding only if the City does not comply with the financial plans. The ICA approved 2014 and 2015 operating budgets and five-year financial plans -- both of which contained $10 million in state slot machine revenue -- and the City has complied with them.
Today’s discovery request, which was sent to attorneys for the ICA, contains 26 requests of documents from the body.
They include documents on the receipt, spending, interest earnings, transfers and audits of gaming funds; approvals or disapprovals of City budgets and financial plans; justifications for withholding gaming funds; and communications going back to 2012 on development of a new payroll system for the City.
A Right To Know request from City Finance Director Paul Leger seeks 27 sets of related information on the ICA’s expenditure of funds, communications with legislators, contracting, and political contributions by past and current members of the board.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
City of Pittsburgh
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