Pittsburgh Could See Pension Funding Tax Levy

May 10, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is proposing that those working in the Western Pennsylvania city should be forced to pay a 0.3% income tax to generate new revenue for the city's pension fund.

An Associated Press news report said the city has about a third of the money it needs to pay almost $1 billion in pension obligations.

Ravenstahl said the tax would replace a flat $52 municipal services tax levy on everybody who works in the city. The state Legislature would have to approve the tax.

According to the news report, Ravenstahl credited the idea for a pension income tax to a committee of university officials, business leaders, and state lawmakers he formed to address the city’s pension obligations.

Ravenstahl says city services will be cut next year unless the Legislature approves a way for the city to raise $15 million a year to bolster the pension fund.