Moriah Balingit is still on the case of the missing stuff on the fifth floor of city hall. Her latest dispatch:
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said the value of city property missing from the mayor’s office and the cost to repair damaged fixtures and artifacts runs around $200,000, a price he does not believe taxpayers should have to bear.
“When they’re items that are given to the city that are valued at thousands of dollars or tens of thousands of dollars ... when there are items that are a hundred years old that have been damaged and will cost $30,000 or more to repair, then why should taxpayers be stuck with those bills?” he said. “It was damage to public property that needs to be paid for.”
In a brief interview outside the mayor’s office Wednesday, Mr. Peduto declined to go into much detail about the damage or what was missing from the mayor’s office, including what would cost $30,000 to repair. He also did not say if he would push for the responsible parties to cover the costs.