Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor William Peduto Delivers 2016 Operating & Capital Budgets to Pittsburgh City Council
Bicentennial budget includes plans for more than 100 police recruits, the highest number of resurfaced streets in a decade, and further investments on behalf of Pittsburgh residents

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 9, 2015) Mayor William Peduto delivered his proposed 2016 Operating and Capital budgets to Pittsburgh City Council today.

The $518.7 million operating budget contains no tax increases. Council budget hearings will begin later this month and a final council budget vote is tentatively set for December 15.

“Our 200th Anniversary year in 2016 is the perfect time to look back on our City’s accomplishments while looking ahead to how we will build for the future. In the past our City was built by iron, steel, glass and water -- but our most precious resource now is our people, and this budget shows all the ways we will invest in them in the future,” Mayor Peduto said.

Mayor Peduto delivered a presentation to council this morning on the budget plans. Highlights of the budget include:

Fiscal Sustainability

  • Continuing efforts to reorganize city government and deliver core services with 3,096 employees, which is 66 fewer positions than the November 2014 budget

  • Allocating an additional $150 million over five years to the pension fund beyond the minimum obligation

  • Reducing the city’s debt burden from 17.1% of general fund expenditures in 2016 to 8.8% in 2020

Core Services

  • Hiring 120 police recruits

  • Employing the highest number of building inspectors in years, and continuing technology upgrades to Permits, Licenses & Inspections

  • Increasing police vehicle spending by 33%

  • Equipping school crossing guards with radios to protect residents and themselves, and restructuring their deployment planning

Strategic Investment

  • Paving 60 miles in streets, the highest budgeted number in more than a decade

  • Spending $9.6 million for facility improvements including those to public safety facilities and parks

  • Dedicating $6.8 million to neighborhood and community development projects

  • An overall $70 million in funding in 2016 for 300 capital projects across the City, and $470 million in capital investments from 2016-2021, including $125 million for public safety, senior and recreation facilities.

  • A new cloud-based public asset management system by Public Works that will provide detailed reporting of daily activities, track regular maintenance activities and capital investments, particularly on facilities, pools, steps, pavement, parks, playgrounds, and signalized intersections

Empowering Communities and Neighborhoods

  • Expanding 311 Response Center services and data, including a new mobile app, online tracking of requests by residents, and web-based reporting and mapping for city personnel

  • Further implementing the Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation

  • Expanding government transparency through the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center

  • Increasing opportunities for small business through reformed procurement policies

Investing in People

  • Supporting the Healthy Together, Grub Up and Live Well Pittsburgh programs for seniors and children

  • Continuing the expanded Summer of Learn & Earn employment program

  • Implementing new job and funding strategies though My Brother’s Keeper and the Affordable Housing Tax Force

  • Implementation of Homefront Pittsburgh to support veterans

The City’s Act 47 Coordinators approved the Mayor’s 2016 budget on Friday, and the version filed with the state Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority was deemed approved in October.

A copy of Mayor Peduto’s budget presentation to City Council is available here.

A copy of the proposed 2016 Operating Budget is available here, and the 2016 Capital Budget is available here.


Monday, November 9, 2015
Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
City of Pittsburgh
Cell: 412-660-1999

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