PITTSBURGH – While the sun is scheduled to be eclipsed by the moon outside, the lights will shine brightly inside on regional assets as the RAD board begins public hearings for 2018 funding requests on August 21st. The hearings will open with presentations from contractual assets, organizations with minimum funding guarantees for multiple years, and continue with organizations requesting annual grants. A full schedule will be released a week prior to the hearings and posted in the Board Meetings section of the RAD web site radworkshere.org
There are 112 eligible applicants for funding in 2018, comprised of nine contractual assets, two multi-year assets, and 101 annual applicants. The total of these requests is $108,529,277. Of that amount, requests for operating funds total $98,651,398 and requests for capital funds total $9,877,879. Last year, the Board reviewed 108 eligible applications for grant requests totaling $106,723,404 and adopted a final 2017 budget of $98,510,970.
All of the sessions will be held at 3PM in the Koppers Building, 436 Seventh Ave., in downtown Pittsburgh. RAD hearings and board meetings are open to the public and accessible. If you require an accommodation, please contact RAD at (412) 227-1900 ext. 214.
On September 28, the Board is expected to release a preliminary budget that will be open for public comment for nearly two months. The Board will then hold a special hearing later in October or November to hear public comment on the preliminary budget before meeting to adopt the final budget on or around December 1.
Since 1995, the District has allocated $1.7 billion from one-half of the county sales tax for the preservation and enhancement of regional libraries, parks, sports and civic facilities, and arts and culture programs. The other half of the tax goes directly from the state to the county government and the municipalities for continuing tax reform, tax relief for eligible seniors and government operations.