City of Pittsburgh Seeks Community Feedback on the 2021 Capital Budget

Katie Phillips Active + Engaged Residents, Advocacy

2021 Capital Budget: Make your voice heard!

The City of Pittsburgh Office of Management and Budget and Office of Community Affairs are collecting community input on the 2021 Capital Budget through an online survey and three virtual meetings.

The Capital Budget refers to money that is allocated to acquire or maintain fixed assets, including things like land, buildings, and equipment. The City of Pittsburgh’s Capital Budget includes capital projects that fall under three main projects; Mobility Projects, Community Projects, and Recreation Projects.

It is always essential for community members to weigh in on the budgeting process and ensure that the budget reflects community needs and values. However, COVID-19 has made engagement even more important. Many in our community are suffering from the health, economic, and social impacts of the pandemic. The City budget has also been impacted by the economic crisis. Tax revenues are down significantly from 2019. The City has closely monitored the financial situation, instituting a hiring freeze and developing plans for 10% cuts in non-personnel spending across all departments.

In a press release, Mayor Peduto emphasized that the budget will be tighter in 2021 and asked for community input, stating, “We need our residents to tell us what’s happening in their communities so that we can be intentional with our limited resources to meet their needs.”

Community Survey:

All residents are also encouraged to fill out the 2021 Capital Budget Survey by June 19th.

Community Meeting Schedule:

To provide feedback, you must register to join one of the upcoming community meetings through Zoom, or you can watch live on the City’s Youtube channel.

Mobility Projects Meeting – Thurs. June 4 at 6 PM – Register here

Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

  • Street Resurfacing
  • Bridges
  • ADA Ramps
  • Public Sidewalks
  • Slope Failure
  • Remediation
  • Flood Control Projects

Community Projects Meeting – Mon. June 8 at 6 PM – Register here

Department of City Planning • Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections • Urban Redevelopment Authority • Office of Management and Budget – Community Development • the Commission on Human Relations

  • Sub-recipient grants
  • Fair Housing
  • Affordable Housing
  • Condemned Buildings
  • Small Business Development

Recreation Projects Meeting – Wed. June 10 at 6 PM – Register here

Department of Public Works • CitiParks • Department of City Planning

  • Pools
  • Parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Ballfields
  • Sport Courts
  • Recreation and Senior Centers

If you have questions, you can contact cip@pittsburghpa.gov.