Allegheny Regional Asset District

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Allegheny Regional Asset District
Founded 1993 (21 years ago)
Location
Area served
Pittsburgh & Allegheny County
Website RADWorksHere.org

The Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) is a special purpose unit of local government in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Its physical boundaries are the same as those of Allegheny County, and include the City of Pittsburgh.

History[edit]

The district was authorized by an act of the Pennsylvania Legislature (Act 77) on December 22, 1993.[1] It provides grants from half of the proceeds of the 1% Allegheny County Sales and Use Tax.

The County levied the tax in March 1994 and every municipal government in Allegheny County voted to participate in its benefits. 25% of the funds go directly to the County and 25% goes to the other municipal governments based on a formula weighted to help distressed communities. The proceeds are used to help shift the tax burden away from property taxes and for municipal functions such as road repair and police protection. Municipal funds do not go through the RAD Board; they are distributed directly to the municipalities from the Commonwealth. The remaining 50% is distributed by RAD.

In 1997 a voter initiative to fund new stadiums in Allegheny county was defeated. Fifteen years later this voter decision has been ignored by local and state officials and three new stadiums for Baseball, Football and Hockey now exist. This is a legacy of unelected government bodies in Allegheny County where City of Pittsburgh has been run by one party only since the 1930's. The special interests are in charge.[2]

Mission[edit]

RAD grants are distributed to civic, cultural and recreational entities, libraries, parks and sports facilities. The distribution is made by a Board of Directors composed of four persons appointed by the County Chief Executive, two appointed by the Mayor of Pittsburgh and one person elected by the six appointees. The six appointees serve terms concurrent with the appointing authority while the seventh member serves for two years. The Board also appoints a 27-person Advisory Board to provide public input and comment on policies and procedures.

The District's annual budget process ends with the adoption of a budget in December for the following calendar year. Each proposed allocation requires the support of six members. All meetings and votes of the Board are conducted under the provisions of Pennsylvania's Sunshine Act which requires public meetings and opportunities for public comment.

For 2008, the District adopted an $83.4 million budget; about 31% of the funding went to libraries, 30% to parks, trails and other green spaces, 17% to the stadiums and arena, 11% to special facilities (Zoo, Aviary, Phipps Conservatory,and Convention Center), and 10% to art and cultural organizations. Less than 1% was budgeted for administration.

These entities are known as contractual assets and receive guaranteed funding for a period of five years (2005-2009). Their total RAD funding for 2008 is about $60 million:

This entity is known as a multi-year asset which has been guaranteed funding for more than one year. Its RAD funding for 2008 is about $14 million:

Each year, other entities can submit applications for funding. Usually about 75-85 of them receive it. The total RAD funding for this group for 2008 is about $9 million, over two-thirds of which goes to large, well-established organizations in the region, such as:

The balance goes to smaller organizations, mainly musical and theater groups.

Board Members[edit]

  • Robert D. Jones, Chair

Re-appointed in December 2009 by City of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. His term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

  • Rick Pierchalski, Vice-Chair

Appointed by Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato. His term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

  • Stanley J. Parker, Secretary/Treasurer

Re-appointed in December 2009 by City of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. His term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

  • Daniel J. Griffin

Appointed by Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato. His term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

  • Dusty Elias Kirk

Appointed by Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato. Her term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

  • Dr. Daniel Rosen

Dr. Rosen was nominated to the RAD Board by the Friendship Development Associates.

  • Constance L. Yarris

Appointed by Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato. Her term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

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