Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Lebo: The Trib Can't Let Go

From today's Tribune-Review:

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Public propaganda: What's really outrageous about "official" Mt. Lebanon pushing for an equally outrageous tax-increment financing, or TIF, package for a tony condominium project is that it's using taxpayer dollars to do so. There's a one-side shilling in the official community magazine. And there's even a Web site that falsely states a TIF is not a public subsidy. Residents should take great offense that their "leaders" think them such pushovers for such an obvious con game.

Link: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/archive/s_475307.html

(Oh, and what's the website that the paper is referring to?)

Update: Bill Matthews thinks that the Trib is referring to this financial model presentation at the Mt. Lebanon website [pdf file], and specifically to pages 6 and 7.
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Blogger Mike Madison said...

Joe Wertheim tried to submit the following, but Blogger blocked him:

The Trib may be referring to the official Mt. Lebanon website. Under the Commercial Districts section there is an item listed as Zamagias Property which leads to two documents from Zamagias extolling the virtues of their proposal.
With regard to Mike's comments about the magazine and dissenting viewpoints - the magazine is funded by tax dollars and is delivered to every address in Mt. Lebanon. Sending dissenting arguments to the Trib. or Blog-Lebo is fine, but I don't believe that either of these is as widely read as the magazine.

October 17, 2006 6:08 PM  
Blogger Mike Madison said...

A year ago, I looked into the Mt. Lebanon budget to see just how much tax money goes into the magazine. The answer is: surprisingly little. Almost all of its budget comes from advertising.

October 17, 2006 6:09 PM  

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