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.
Why consider a merger?
Choose a topic below to learn more about how a merger might affect Wilkinsburg.
How will our community values be reflected in a merger?
We can maintain our identity as a strong, diverse community.We’ll still be called Wilkinsburg. Merging with the City won’t take away our history, or our sense of community and pride.
We can prioritize affordable housing to sustain a livable community.We can do this for our current residents, while also welcoming new residents and business owners from diverse racial and economic backgrounds.
We can protect the status of borough employees.We can advocate for access to new, better paying jobs in similar positions with the City.
We can do this right if we work together.By starting the discussions now, we can put ourselves in the driver’s seat to decide the future of our community.
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.
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.
Ready to Get Involved?
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.Get the facts
We need your help to get the word out. Volunteer today to join other residents as they gather signatures to get the referendum on the ballot before the end of June 2021.Sign Up
Sharing our perspectives—and listening to others— will help us make the best decision for our community. Attend a meeting to learn more and discuss with your neighbors.See events
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The people of Wilkinsburg will ultimately decide whether we move forward with a merger. It’s up to us to choose what’s best for our community—and for our future.Get registered
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