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Regional Asset District seeks comment on record 2024 budget

Greenhouses at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Jakob Lazzaro
90.5 WESA
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is among the attractions funded by the Regional Asset District.

The Allegheny Regional Asset District is accepting public comment on its proposed budget for next year.

The RAD board meets Thu., Oct. 26, to hear comments on the spending plan, which at $134.9 million would be the group’s largest ever.

RAD distributes revenues from Allegheny County’s 1% sales tax. Half of the receipts are redistributed to the county’s 128 municipalities for tax relief. Of the other half, nearly two-thirds goes to public parks and libraries. Most of the rest is split between paying down debt on stadiums and supporting arts and culture groups, of which RAD is a major funder.

A copy of the proposed budget is here.

Some of the biggest recipients include the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

RAD also helps fund Pittsburgh Regional Transit.

The RAD board meets to hear in-person comments from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday in Downtown’s Koppers Building Conference Center.

Comments will be accepted through Nov. 30, when the board takes its final vote on the budget. More information on how to submit comments is here.

Editor's note: WESA's sister station WYEP receives funding from RAD.

Bill is a long-time Pittsburgh-based journalist specializing in the arts and the environment. Previous to working at WESA, he spent 21 years at the weekly Pittsburgh City Paper, the last 14 as Arts & Entertainment editor. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and in 30-plus years as a journalist has freelanced for publications including In Pittsburgh, The Nation, E: The Environmental Magazine, American Theatre, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bill has earned numerous Golden Quill awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. He lives in the neighborhood of Manchester, and he once milked a goat. Email: