Rumor: Allegheny County passed the drink and car rental taxes to provide an additional $27 million to Port Authority.
Truth: Prior to enacting the new taxes on January 1, Port authority’s county funding came from real estate taxes. That money can now be used to support other county initiatives and the Authority has a stable source of county funding through the taxes.
The thing is, I really can't quite figure what point they are even trying to make with that? It almost reads to me that they are arguing against the drink tax, or at least undermining its justification. Also, does it imply real estate taxes weren't stable? or less stable than drink tax revenue?
They really have a lot of work ahead of them trying to come up with a constant stream of 'rumors' out there like that. They seem to be a little light on material right at the beginning. I am also unclear if anything they have flagged as a 'rumor' as yet are really rumors to anyone other than themselves. They mostly seem to be generating foils to argue management's side in the ongoing labor negotiations. Yeah, I know that is kind of self-evident.