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Taxes and Budget

Seventy works to provide access to information on Philadelphia taxing and budgeting activities.

What We're Doing

Seventy diligently monitors the City's taxing and budgeting activity year-round, and provides you with the resources to view that activity.

Why We Care

Nobody likes to pay taxes. Worse, nobody wants those tax dollars spent wastefully or fraudulently. Shining a spotlight on how the government spends your tax dollars is at the heart of Seventy’s watchdog mission.

How it Works

We diligently monitor City Hall year-round, particularly during budget season in the spring. Around this time, the Mayor proposes a spending plan for the next fiscal year. Subsequently, City Council holds a hearing on the proposed plan, amends it, and then adopts it.
Important Resources
Office of the Director of Finance
The Office of the Director of Finance is the chief agency responsible for Philadelphia’s finances, accounting, and budgeting within the executive branch of the city’s government.
Open Budget Tool
The Open Budget Tool provides a quick overview of the city’s budget for users to explore.
City Council's Budget Center
Philadelphia City Council’s Budget Center includes proposed operating and capital budgets for the city. Moreover, it provides hearing schedules, specific budget information, and testimony by department.
Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA)
The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) was established in 1991 to help Philadelphia recover from a severe financial crisis. The Board and staff at PICA continue to provide yearly oversight by reviewing and approving the city’s five-year financial plan.
Recent News
News

January 27, 2023

Testimony on Rules Reform and Bipartisanship

C70 Chief Policy Officer Pat Christmas submits testimony on rules reform and fostering bipartisanship to the Speaker's Workgroup to Move Pennsylvania Forward.

January 26, 2023

BallotPA Testimony on Bipartisanship for Speaker's Workgroup

BallotPA chair David Thornburgh urged Speaker Rozzi and his bipartisan workgroup members to consider allowing independents to vote in primary elections as a means to ease partisan gridlock.

January 19, 2023

Lauren Cristella Named Interim President of the Committee of Seventy

Cristella will retain the title of Chief Operating Officer as the nonpartisan nonprofit’s Transition Committee works to make future recommendations to the board.

January 12, 2023

State Senate Passes Controversial Amendments to Constitution

The Committee of Seventy is deeply concerned about the PA Senate's approval of two controversial amendments to the state Constitution.

January 06, 2023

C70 President and CEO Al Schmidt to Receive Presidential Citizens Medal

The medal, the second-highest civilian award given by our government, recognizes extraordinary efforts to protect American democracy.