By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh City Council is voting on a proposal to merge Wilkinsburg, but members say they will support the proposal a year from now after more fact-finding and engagement of the public.
The announcement was made in a joint statement from council members, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and merger advocates before financial experts testified about the positive impact of the merger. entered on Wednesday.
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Councilman Ricky Burgess, whose county shares a border with Wilkinsburg, amended the law to create a special committee that would hold each council member accountable for assessing how their divisions are on their standing committees. can be merged more efficiently.
“Following a formal Council investigation and thorough public engagement, about a year from now, in 2023, if brought before me, I will vote in favor of the Wilkinsburg merger and encouraged the people of Wilkinsburg to approve it in the main referendum in May 2023,” Burgess said in a press release.
Earlier this month, Burgess called the previous process to annex the Black Majority district a “pistol wedding.” A judge asked the City Council to vote on the merger on April 5.
Burgess pointed to the benefits of the merger, saying Pittsburgh would have increased population, land and income while Wilkinsburg would get tax breaks and better public services, plus parents could send their kids they go to the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
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