PITTSBURGH – On September 7th, the RAD Board of Directors will continue its hearings for year 2018 funding, with nearly 50 organizations scheduled to present their cases in the final two sessions. A full schedule is posted in the Board Meetings section of the RAD web site radworkshere.org, with applicants listed by date or name.
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.
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.
On September 28th, 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 on October 19th to hear public comment on the preliminary budget before meeting to adopt the final budget on or around December 1st.
Since 1995, the District has allocated nearly $1.8 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.