Unless council and the school district approve the tax exemption, UPMC’s deal to support The Pittsburgh Promise is off, said UPMC spokesman Frank Raczkiewicz. (Trib, Jeremy Boren)
Why not just announce the full terms of the deal all at once?
[Ravenstahl press secretary] Sirk said she didn’t know why UPMC’s tax-credit condition wasn’t disclosed when the donation was announced with much fanfare on Dec. 5.
Ah. Of course, there’s also this from UPMC’s Raczkiewicz:
“We are willing to donate $100 million, but we don’t want to pay $100 million and also have new taxes of $100 million,” Raczkiewicz said.
Still sounding reasonable, we hate to admit.
Some state lawmakers have discussed amending state Act 55, which defines what constitutes a nonprofit and governs what taxes they pay, to let cities impose payments in lieu of taxes.
See, if it helps to engineer this happy outcome — if it dampens UPMC opposition to such an amendment, while spurring the City to pursue it with vigor — then we’re all for it.
It is “inappropriate” for Ravenstahl to introduce the legislation so close to the end of the year, [Doug Shields] said. City Council will get three new members in early January.
Agreed. Now, apropos of nothing:
In a last-minute move, council approved an amendment creating a $10,000 trust fund for the city’s Ethics Hearing Board. The board can draw on the money for legal assistance and other expenses. (P-G, Team Effort)
Woohoo! Trojan horse! Trojan horse!