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Wilkinsburg Merger

What’s next,
Wilkinsburg?
Let’s decide together.

Wilkinsburg residents have the opportunity to get a referendum on the ballot to decide whether we merge with the City of Pittsburgh. This website was created by Wilkinsburg residents to provide information and share opportunities for discussion as we approach this important decision.

1/5/22 Wilkinsburg Merger Analysis Committee Meeting – Presentation Slides

12/8/21 Wilkinsburg Merger Analysis Committee Meeting – Presentation Slides

Next Meeting: February 2, 2022 – Sign Up!

Why consider a merger?

Choose a topic below to learn more about how a merger might affect Wilkinsburg.

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Join the discussion! Your voice matters. Your perspectives and questions are important, and will help determine whether and how the merger moves forward.

How will our community values be reflected in a merger?

Wilkinsburg Perspectives

Tap a photo or a quote below to hear the perspectives of Wilkinsburg. residents and business owners. Send in your thoughts, feedback, and questions, and our volunteers will add at least three new people each week.
"I am a strong believer in partnerships. Wilkinsburg has tried for years to go it alone. It’s time to think...

I am a strong believer in partnerships. Wilkinsburg has tried for years to go it alone. It’s time to think differently without giving up the traditions of Wilkinsburg. Regaining it’s history and becoming a vibrant community once again.

— Robert P.
"It’s plain simple. Wilkinsburg residents pay MORE money for the EXACT services that the city of Pittsburgh is providing. Our...

It’s plain simple. Wilkinsburg residents pay MORE money for the EXACT services that the city of Pittsburgh is providing. Our schools are underfunded despite some of the highest tax rates in the state. Merging with the city of Pittsburgh would immediately provide economic relief to all of the struggling families of Wilkinsburg, improve our schooling system, and enable greater economic opportunity for businesses. Our children deserve better.

— Connor Z.
"How can a Pittsburgh resident assist with spreading the word to other Pittsburgh residents about why they should care about...

How can a Pittsburgh resident assist with spreading the word to other Pittsburgh residents about why they should care about this and how they can assist?

— Alani T.

For the merger to happen, both Pittsburgh’s City Council and Wilkinsburg’s residents must vote in favor of a merger.

When City Council is approaching a vote, it would be useful for them to hear from Pittsburgh residents. Information regarding City Council districts and meetings can be found here https://pittsburghpa.gov/council/. You can use this site to stay in the loop on the merger process, or contact us to subscribe to the newsletter.

"Wilkinsburg has had trouble with the high numbers of section eight housing. This merger may only benefit home owners to...

Wilkinsburg has had trouble with the high numbers of section eight housing. This merger may only benefit home owners to lower their taxes, Perhaps they should have done their homework before paying twice what it is worth. Will rental cost go down because their property taxes have? I highly doubt it if anything it will more than likely go up. Along with your wage tax Wilkinsburg residents pay 1% The city is 3% The city is not that great, Had I wanted to live in the city I would have moved there.

— Scott G.

We share your concern about income taxes and possible impact on renters. Keep in mind that many of our most vulnerable residents—including the elderly and those on public assistance—won’t be affected by income tax because many types of income (including pensions, Social Security, unemployment, welfare, and child support) are not taxable.

We encourage you to do the math to understand individual financial impact, and weigh your situation alongside possible benefits of merging—including access to housing resources and impacts on quality of life. 

"I completely support the merger of Wilkinsburg with Pittsburgh. Wilkinsburg has deteriorated in the past 20 years with an abundance...

I completely support the merger of Wilkinsburg with Pittsburgh. Wilkinsburg has deteriorated in the past 20 years with an abundance of abandoned houses, overgrown trees, and crime ridden neighborhoods. The property taxes are way too high considering the level of service provided by the borough. I believe Pittsburgh will do a better job at helping Wilkinsburg to flourish again.

— Nikki H.
"The data is compelling, making a case that Wilkinsburg should merge with Pittsburgh.

The data is compelling, making a case that Wilkinsburg should merge with Pittsburgh.

— Jodi F..
"We should be wary about adopting the development style the City of Pittsburgh has followed. The Penn Avenue corridor is...

We should be wary about adopting the development style the City of Pittsburgh has followed. The Penn Avenue corridor is a story of gentrification, culturally and physically, and Wilkinsburg is the next link in that chain. While Wilkinsburg needs investment, there is no reason to believe Pittsburgh has the answers.

— James O’Connor.
"Wilkinsburg is already using a majority of Pittsburgh City public resources. Why wouldn’t it just merge at this point? It...

Wilkinsburg is already using a majority of Pittsburgh City public resources. Why wouldn’t it just merge at this point? It makes perfect sense. Even if taxes only drop slightly it’s still worth it. I am very much for this merger!

"I think it would benefit wilkinsburg community

I think it would benefit wilkinsburg community

— Wilson V.
"I feel like Wilkinsburg would be a great addition to all of Pittsburgh’s current distinct, eclectic neighborhoods!

I feel like Wilkinsburg would be a great addition to all of Pittsburgh’s current distinct, eclectic neighborhoods!

— Mary K.
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Learn more about the work that’s been done so far. Ask hard questions. Join our working Merger Analysis Committee, or pitch in with one of the working subcommittees.

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