girl reading at library

Girl reading at library; courtesy Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Library support is 31% of RAD funding, historically.

September 28, 2017

RAD Releases $98.1 Million Preliminary Budget for 2018

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PITTSBURGH—The Allegheny Regional Asset District today released a 2018 preliminary budget totaling $98.1 million, including recommendations for operating and capital grants to a record 100 organizations. If adopted, three new organizations would receive their first RAD allocation, and 82 organizations would see an increase in their RAD support. “We believe this plan continues to address the core needs of our regional assets with funding that will help the assets not only to maintain, but to upgrade and improve the programs and facilities that are the jewels in our community,” according to the RAD Allocations Committee that recommends the preliminary budget.

Recommendations included in the plan are:

  • An increase in operating support to all of the contractual assets and scores of annual grant organizations “based on their regional impact, financial status and how they would use an increase in District funds,” according to the Allocations Committee report. “We are convinced that the proposed organizations will continue to make major contributions to the quality of life in the region.”
  • An increase of $619,000 in support for libraries, including more than $3.5 million dedicated to the eiNetwork and e-resources. (note: release and budget report, below, updated on 11/2 to reflect revised CLP calculation)
  • Nearly $2 million in funding for capital projects in regional parks.
  • A $3 million match for $30 million in state funds that are critical to maintain local transit service.

View the rest of the release for additional information, including a detailed list of proposed grants for 2018. View list of capital projects requested for 2018. View the 2018 Preliminary Budget Report with descriptions of each proposed organization and grant.

A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 19th. See RAD's public comment procedure for registering to speak. The Board will meet on November 28th to adopt the final budget.