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Your Tax Dollars at Work
Allegheny County’s Regional Assets District Tax
August 1, 2019
In March 1994, the state legislature permitted Allegheny County to add one percent onto the already existing six percent Pennsylvania sales tax. They called it the “Regional Assets District” or RAD tax. Where is this district and what exactly are we paying for?
WHERE IT IS
The geographical boundaries of the Regional Assets District are the same as those of Allegheny County. The original six percent sales tax still goes to the PA Department of Revenue for the state general fund.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
The one percent RAD tax is divided into three parts.
By the end of 2019, county taxpayers will have paid about $3.9 billion into the RAD tax fund.
The RAD Board of Directors decides how to distribute the money, with input from its staff and from the Citizens Advisory Board. The Board meets monthly and its meetings are open to the public. The law permits the RAD to use up to one percent of its funds for administration – office space, salaries, supplies, equipment, etc. They use slightly less than that. The 2019 RAD budget is $108.6 million.
Certain types of nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations can apply for RAD funds.
See the website for details.
Facilities that receive RAD money display the orange and blue sunburst logo with the statement “RAD Works Here”. Wherever you see the sign, your tax dollars are supporting the agency. To thank the taxpayers, RAD holds “RADical Days” each year. During this time, usually about two weeks, admission to RAD sites is free and some offer special performances and family activities, funded by RAD. See the RAD website for more information and for a complete list of how the money was distributed.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Allegheny County Regional Assets District