Allegheny County controller: Authorities should be more transparent

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner is calling on area authorities to increase transparency, sending a letter to their executive directors requesting they post information online and make meetings more accessible.

Controllers: Allegheny County, Pittsburgh saved millions through financial partnership

"Allegheny County and Pittsburgh have saved millions of dollars through their financial management collaborations and attracted interest from other governments and private corporations, the county and city controllers said Tuesday. The county's use of Oracle's JD Edwards software to manage payroll, budgets and other financial transactions for the past decade has saved taxpayers millions of dollars, county Controller Chelsa Wagner said. The city saved millions by consolidating some of its financial services with the county's."

County Controller Wagner Audits 'Off-Book' Accounts

In the wake of Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper’s indictment on counts of conspiracy and theft of public funds, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner wants to increase transparency in county funds.

Read more here from WESA.

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County controllers laud joint financial software system

"Four years ago, Pittsburgh city government's financial nerve center crashed. For several days, no one in the City-County Building could pull up anything in the city's ledger -- be it the newest contract, when the payroll was due or how many pencils had been bought the week before. City Controller Michael Lamb and Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner want to make sure that never happens again, building a shared financial system they say will improve reliability and cut costs, all while maintaining the firewall between the city and county checkbooks."

Chelsa Wagner: Commercial properties getting bigger tax reassessment break than residential ones

"As far as taxes are concerned, it's good to own property in Allegheny County -- as long as you don't live in it. A review by the Allegheny County Controller's office indicates commercial property owners have weathered the contentious countywide reassessment far better than homeowners, with commercial properties getting a larger tax cut upon appeal."

Read more here in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Inauguration on Monday, January 2nd

You are cordially invited to attend the Inauguration of Chelsa L. Wagner as Controller of Allegheny County of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on Monday, the second of January at Noon on the Grand Staircase of the Allegheny County Courthouse. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. Please enter the Courtyard through the Forbes Ave archway, make a left at the fountain, and enter the building through the glass door on the Grant Street side of the Courthouse courtyard. R.S.V.P.: 412-892-8112 or info@votechelsa.com