Mayor Ed Gainey Presents Draft 2023 Budget
PITTSBURGH — Today, Mayor Ed Gainey presented the preliminary administration budget for the City of Pittsburgh. The draft 2023 budget prioritizes investments in safe neighborhoods, welcoming communities and thriving people and invests in vital City services and people. In addition, the proposed budget increases investments in infrastructure, including bridge maintenance, public safety, parks and recreation, and increased capacity to deal with snow events.
In keeping with its commitment to transparency, the administration has expanded its public engagement efforts to obtain feedback from residents. Guided by leadership from the Office of Budget and Management and with assistance from the Mayor’s Office Neighborhood Services team and Department of Innovation and Performance, the city held five virtual town hall meetings, used an online survey to gather opinions and developed a digital mapping tool to capture project ideas from the public.
This historic commitment to the City’s budget process included a 500% increase in the use of online surveys through Engage PGH, 67 neighborhoods represented and over 1,000 project ideas generated.
“Budgets are moral documents and our budget that we presented today is a statement of the city’s core values, our respect and recognition of the contributions of our employees, and our unwavering commitment to making Pittsburgh the city of safest America where all who live here and work here can thrive,” Mayor Gainey said. “This budget is just the first step in ensuring our city stays on the path to stability and financial responsibility – that’s what the public and our city deserve.”
Some key areas of investment include:
- Investment of $4 million to increase capacity to respond to winter weather events, including the purchase of additional snowplows;
- Paid student internships for Pittsburgh Public School’s “Prepare to Prosper” initiative;
- Funding to upgrade the database to track and route resident service requests;
- Expansion of the Reach Out On The Streets (ROOTS) initiative with OCHS and OVP to bring needed services and violence response strategies to each public safety area;
- Creation of a dedicated bridge maintenance unit to carry out daily maintenance and safety checks of the city’s bridges;
- Expansion of traffic calming and complete streets projects to provide safety improvements to high-demand rights-of-way;
- Increase in the Housing Opportunity Fund to allocate critical supports to affordable housing development to ensure greater production and preservation of affordable housing units over the long term and;
- Technology infrastructure upgrades.
In the coming weeks and days, the administration will host a series of community meetings and release new tools for obtaining resident feedback on the 20223 Draft Budget.
“I look forward to working with members of City Council to implement this budget,” added Mayor Gainey. “Together, we will make Pittsburgh a city for everyone.”
Consult the Administration’s preliminary budgets online:
2023 preliminary investment budget
2023 Preliminary Operating Budget