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We are happy to announce today that Allegheny Court of Common Pleas Judge Judith Olson heard our arguments and granted the injunction that will stop the County from expending Drink and Car Rental tax monies for anything but the Port Authority. Click on the links below for more news coverage:
Mr. Onorato is shocked.
On behalf of everyone from FACT we wish you all a very happy and safe holiday.
While the Drink Tax issue has been heavy on all our minds, now is a good time to let the matter rest for awhile and focus on what is truly important in our lives: our family, friends and all of the loved ones that make each day special.
Enjoy your holiday and thank you for all of your hard work and loyalty this past year.
Filed under: Allegheny County Institute for Public Policy Briefs, Announcements | Tags: Allegheny County Institute for Public Policy Briefs
“Drink and car rental fee collections above the $32 million budgeted for 2008 will be used for debt service related to roads and bridges in my 2009 budget, as allowed by Commonwealth law,” – Chief Executive Dan Onorato, 2009 Budget Address
Mr. Onorato may have to find a different way to fund bridge and road repairs.
Filed under: Announcements | Tags: Announcements, County Budget, County Council, Onorato
Earlier this month, Mr. Onorato and county council passed the 2009 budget which noted that extra revenue from the drink and car rental tax would be used help pay for bridge and road improvements EVEN THOUGH state law requires drink tax revenue to be used on mass transit only.
It isn’t everything anybody wanted, but it’s better than nothing. Facing criticism from Allegheny County citizens, County Council passed a budget this week which reduced the Drink Tax from 10% to 7%, representing a year’s worth of hard work by advocates working to reduce or eliminate this harmful tax. Here are some stories from the press concerning this news:
We applaud the county for this action; however this is only the first step. We will continue to pursue the repeal of this irresponsible and unfair tax. And we will maintain a vigilant oversight on how these monies are used.
And so The Whiskey Rebellion II continues…
In honor of Thanksgiving, here are just a few things we are thankful for:
- ALL OF YOU for your wonderful support and hard work during our fight against Allegheny County’s Drink Tax.
- To live in a country where we, the people, are able to have a say in our government and how it is run.
- And of course, all of our families, friends and loved ones who have been by our side from the very beginning!
We hope you have a great holiday.