November Ballot Question Puts Tax Hike In The Hands Of Allegheny County Voters

WESA – Registered voters in Allegheny County can expect a question on the ballot this November about a small raise in property taxes to support after-school, early learning and nutrition programs for county kids.

Organizers of the Allegheny County Children’s Fund initiative are hoping residents vote yes. Patrick Dowd, a steering committee member of the proposal and executive director of Allies for Children, joined The Confluence to talk about the campaign. He and Eric Montarti, research director for the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, said the 0.25 millage rate increase would make youth programs more accessible to families in the county.

If the additional tax is approved, homeowner would pay an additional $25 annually on each $100,000 of assessed value. The average market value for a home in Allegheny County is approximately $137,000.

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