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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

September 19, 2022

Committee of Seventy Hosts National Voter Registration Day Rally and Call to Action

Committee of Seventy will announce a special raffle for businesses and organizations that sign up as WeVote partners ahead of Election Day on November 8.

June 01, 2022

Women in Public Leadership Event

On May 26, 2022, the Committee of Seventy hosted an event celebrating women in public leadership and honoring Judith M. von Seldeneck with its Civic Leadership Award.

May 23, 2022

C70 Testimony on Bill Nos. 220049, 220360, and 220361

Testimony submitted to Philadelphia's City Council Committee on Law and Government

May 11, 2022

Committee of Seventy Awarded $850,000 to Strengthen Democracy and Build Trust in Pennsylvania’s Elections

The nonprofit’s largest ever single grant will also fund voter outreach and support for election workers.

April 28, 2022

New Reform Legislation Would Add Transparency, Public Input to Opaque Redistricting Process

Councilmember Derek Green today introduced his second package of reform legislation this year, this time proposing a special commission to gather public input for redrawing Philadelphia’s 10 City Council districts.