Chelsa Wagner

Chelsa Wagner

Wagner calls on county to restore retiree benefit

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner is calling on County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the Allegheny County Council to rectify what she claims is an unexpected reduction in life insurance benefits to county retirees. Wagner issued a statement Monday in which she states the ...

Fitzgerald, Wagner spar on tax rate

Controller Chelsa Wagner's call for a further reduction of the property tax rate was met with disapproval from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Fitzgerald has said he's "very confident" about the budget created by his staff even as ...

UPMC prepared to justify tax-exempt property staus

City and county officials have challenged UPMC’s tax-exempt property status and Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has advocated an annual review of al tax-exempt properties. Wagner valued UPMC’s property holdings at more than $1.3 billion and its exemption costs the county ...

Casey: UPMC should negotiate a contract

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, a Democrat from Forest Hills, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, city council members and Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner are among the elected officials who have supported the 2-year-old unionization campaign at UPMC. Kris Mamula covers health care, insurance ...

Protesters hit UPMC wages, nonprofit status

Among the people who spoke were City Councilwoman Natalie Rudiak and Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner. The protest came two days after the state's insurance and health commissioners asked UPMC and Highmark to stop negative advertising and sponsor a joint advertisement to ...

City to challenge UMPC's tax-exempt status

Ravenstahl was backed in his announcement by a contingent of local politicians, including city and county council members, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb, and state Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Pittsburgh. Tim Schooley covers retail, real estate, small ...

Union supporters shift UPMC hearing focus to organization effort

UPMC, a $10 billion enterprise that employs some 56,000 people, has the most tax-exempt property in Allegheny County, followed by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, according to a report by county Controller Chelsa Wagner. UPMC properties are valued at $1.3 ...

Audit sheds light on Allegheny County tax exemptions

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner's call Thursday for the county to review all of its tax-exempt property and property tax abatement programs was the third phase in a yearlong effort to push the troubled Office of Property Assessments to clean up its act. Starting early last year ...

With Ravenstahl out of the race, who will jockey for Pittsburgh's top job?

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, his niece, said she was optimistic that he would return from a current trip to Israel to join the Democratic field -- and added that she would "definitely'' consider becoming a candidate herself should Mr. Wagner decide against a bid. Mr. ...

Allegheny County officials differ on possible property tax overcharge

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner says households could be overcharged by $50 in property taxes in 2013, but county executive Rich Fitzgerald argued his numbers are accurate. Alleged home invader shot dead through... According to state law, when assessments increase across the ...

Allegheny County Could Be Overcharging Taxpayers

County Controller Chelsa Wagner said on Thursday that the amount could be about $50 per average household. An analysis by Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has revealed that the county could be on track to overcharge the average household by $50 in property taxes in 2013. ...

Former employees sue Allegheny Controller Wagner

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two former Allegheny County employees have sued Controller Chelsa Wagner, claiming they were fired and replaced with younger workers who supported her political campaign. The lawsuit says the workers were told in January they would be laid off for budgetary reasons, yet ...

Patch Poll: Should UPMC Be Considered a Nonprofit?

In a June 2012 "Taxpayer Alert," Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner questioned the fairness of nonprofits that have expanded their roles beyond the traditional definition of a charitable organization, but still maintain tax-exempt status. "In these challenging financial times, it ...

County exec's actions toward Wagner are low

Once again, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has attacked and attempted to embarrass a strong female counterpart of his, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner. When I read about his actions in James O’Toole’s “Early Returns” post “Fitz Ousts Chelsa” (Dec. 14) — with ...

Respect for Chelsa

In response to the Dec. 16 article “Chelsa Wagner Booted From Party, Rips Fitzgerald” : When I read how Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald ran county Controller Chelsa Wagner out of his reception at the Pennsylvania Society, I must say I was hardly surprised. It seems expected ...

Amid appeals, Allegheny County towns struggling to set budgets

" The issue has drawn the attention of Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, who is launching a "Windfall Watch" website to track local tax rates. While she can't take action herself beyond issuing a subpoena for further documentation, Ms. Wagner plans to help local residents ...

Allegheny County controller argues cuts would hurt auditing

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said Wednesday she would have to lay off as many as 20 people if her budget is cut by almost $650,000 next year. That loss of staff would mean a reduction in the number and type of audits her office could perform, she told members of county ...

Some double-dipping on homestead tax break

"I think it's fair to call it fraud," county Controller Chelsa Wagner said. "They're simply getting a tax break that they're not entitled to. " Allegheny County requires property owners seeking a homestead exemption to sign a form stating they live in their house and haven't tried to get ...

Millage rates still make for taxing debate

County Controller Chelsa Wagner hasn't budged from her belief that the county needs to drop its property tax another half-mill, from 4.73 to 4.23. Each mill means a dollar in taxes for every $1,000 in valuation, so cutting a half-mill would mean $50 to a homeowner in a place that the ...

A loutish display

I am outraged but not surprised by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s continuous abuse of county Controller Chelsa Wagner ( “Chelsa Wagner Booted From Party, Rips Fitzgerald,” Dec. 17). He has always been thin-skinned and punitive — ask anyone who really knows him. Inviting ...

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