Merger Analysis Committee
Exploring the potential impacts of consolidating Wilkinsburg with the City of Pittsburgh.
About the Committee
In the face of stagnant blight, unsustainable tax rates, and impending municipal finance challenges, the Merger Analysis Committee was formed by residents with the goal of investigating the civic, economic, and cultural impacts of Wilkinsburg consolidating with the City of Pittsburgh. Chaired by residents Derrick Tillman and Vanessa Buffry, the group is motivated in its exploration by a hope of better services and lower property taxes that will increase affordable home ownership, expand school choice, and provide greater potential for businesses to thrive.
The core Merger Analysis Committee met every other week Winter 2020 through Spring 2021. Of the 40 committee participants, 21 are people of color. Participants represent both homeowners and renters and a range of years in residence. Sub-committees focused on Frequently Asked Questions, Service Comparisons, and Diversity & Gentrification have also met regularly.
More Background Information
You can also read more about Wilkinsburg in this article Revisiting Two “Next Hot Neighborhoods” in Developing Pittsburgh’s Spring 2021 issue, and Pittsburgh Quarterly’s article Reset Button on rethinking local government.
The Merger Analysis Committee researched and compiled information that is now available at wilkinsburgmerger.org. The committee is dedicated to helping Wilkinsburg residents understand the details of what a merger might mean, and to paint a clear picture of how we got here along with the next steps. The group worked with Wilkinsburg-based communication design specialists to organize the information gathered, and to make sure that ideas were presented in way that was as clear and accessible as possible.