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Pittsburgh Mayor Proposes Privatizing City Tow Pound

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl wants to privatize the city’s tow pound:

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl wants to privatize the city’s tow pound and move it from its prime location along the city’s Allegheny River shoreline.

The legislation introduced Tuesday would turn over the tow pound to a private contractor. Ravenstahl says that’s possible because the tow pound generates about as much revenue as it costs to operate.

By privatizing the pound, two police officers who work it now would be available for patrols.

Also, the 1.5-acre pound would be available for development along the Allegheny River’s southern shore. The city is redeveloping that section of shoreline.

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Leonard Gilroy is Senior Managing Director of the Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. The Pension Integrity Project assists policymakers and other stakeholders in designing, analyzing and implementing public sector pension reforms.