The City-County building. (Photo by Kat Procyk/PublicSource).

When Pittsburgh and Allegheny County ‘piggyback’ on contracts, are taxpayers getting the best deal?

Piggybacking can save governments money and time by allowing them to bypass the sometimes protracted steps of negotiation and approvals. But, according to some critics, with fewer checks and balances built in, piggybacking contracts make it difficult to know if local governments are getting good deals and if they are being responsible stewards of taxpayer money. Critics also say the practice can open up governments to fraud.