Want to know more about city $$$? There’s a Facebook event for that

A group of Pittsburghers want city officials to know they care about the city’s finances, and they’ll be at Monday’s budget meeting.

Mayor Bill Peduto will present the city’s $539.4 million operating budget and $75.9 million capital budget for 2017 to the city council at 10 a.m. Monday.

One Pittsburgh, a coalition of economic and social justice groups, plans to be there and is urging people to attend with a Facebook event.

“The city budget is pretty important to our members,” said Erin Kramer, executive director of One Pittsburgh. “We always had planned to attend the city budget … We’ve been advocating for housing and early education funding.”

But, she added that after Tuesday’s election, it’s especially important because she doubts there will be federal funds for the issues One Pittsburgh cares about.

According to the Facebook event:

After Tuesday’s results we know that we must stand together. Change will come first in our cities, then our counties and states.

The calvary’s not coming and we can’t count on the federal government to make investments in our communities. We must ensure that our city understands and prioritizes local families’ needs.

On Monday, Mayor Peduto will present our city’s budget, and we’ll be there in Council Chambers to ensure that the budget prioritizes two of the most important issues facing working families: affordable housing and access to early education.

Pittsburgh’s children need stable homes and access to inclusive, high quality early education programming in order to thrive.

The presentation is in city council chambers on the 5th floor of the City-County Building, 414 Grant St.

Kramer said it’s important for people to show up to meetings and to be seen by elected officials, so they know that people care and want to weigh in on the budget.

Peduto first revealed the budget in September, and it includes increased funds to public safety (including for more police staffing), as well as money for street resurfacing and for a new Department of Mobility and Infrastructure.

There are no city tax increases for the second year in a row and no decreases in personnel or services.

So how does Peduto’s proposal become the budget?

After Monday’s meeting, the city council will take over the budget and have hearings this month and in December, where the budget will be reviewed department by department, and there is time for public input.

The council’s deadline to approve the budgets is Dec. 31, so they are active Jan. 1. But, the council has until the first week of February to make changes.

 

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