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Fun and Free Events Will Show You What Your Tax Dollars Are Paying For

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County will use the events to celebrate 25 years of public support.


It's not often that you're invited to celebrate paying taxes. But in the case of Pittsburgh's RADical Days next month, there's a lot to be happy about.

Started in 1994, the 1 percent county sales tax, also known as the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) tax, has raised over $4 billion in support for 100+ local institutions. The public's dollars have supported the funding of the city's regional libraries, parks and trails, arts and cultural organizations and sports and civic facilities.

Patrons enjoy a free show at the Pittsburgh Arcade Theater during RADical Days in 2018.

(Source: Pittsburgh Arcade Theater )

This year, to celebrate a quarter century of funds being raised by the tax, there will be a month of free events open to the public. The "25 days to celebrate 25 years" of RAD will run from September 19th - October 13th and will feature performances and exhibitions at some of Pittsburgh's most popular cultural spaces.

You can check out a company rehearsal and take a tour at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, create your own work of art at the Andy Warhol Museum and search for local owls on a nature hike with the Audobon Society of Western PA.

(Source: @ligacha )

You can check out a complete calendar of events here: https://www.radworkshere.org/pages/radical-days-2019

Along with free events, the RAD coalition will be giving out RADical ImPAct grants this year that (according to the organization's website) will sponsor "bold, forward-looking projects that demonstrate the creative ability of RAD assets to inspire the region for the next 25 years."

(Source: Pittsburgh Youth Chorus )

So, leave your wallet at home and check out some of the projects your 1 cent on the dollar have made possible.

(Source: feature image National Aviary )

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