Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and County Executive Dan Onorato held separate news conferences Monday in which they disagreed over how much the Sept. 24-25 G20 summit would cost and who would pay for what. Onorato cited a $25 million figure but Ravenstahl said $16 million was the more relevant amount.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Ravenstahl Tuesday endorsed a 50-50 split of some grant funds, prompting Onorato to tell reporters, "I think the mayor and I are in agreement now."
Officials said Ravenstahl had agreed for the city to pick up $3.5 million in expenses from an Allegheny County wish list of around $8 million -- expenses the city says are most closely related to its core public safety function. The Post-Gazette said the county would get $3 million in state and federal funds to cover those costs.
"Understand, the county may have a different perspective, but this is what we're comfortable spending on the G20," Ravenstahl said shortly after the City Council approved the plan.
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