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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

October 21, 2021

David Thornburgh's Testimony to the PA State Government Committee

C70 CEO and Chair of the Draw the Lines PA initiative, David Thornburgh, testified on October 20, 2021 before the PA State Government Committee about congressional redistricting.

September 17, 2021

Statement on Misguided Senate Action to Subpoena Voter Records and Personal Information Regarding the 2020 General Election

Statement on Misguided Senate Action to Subpoena Voter Records and Personal Information Regarding the 2020 General Election

August 13, 2021

Letter to York County Commissioners Regarding Partisan Election Review

The following letter was emailed to York County Commissioners Julie Wheeler (President), Doug Hoke (Vice President), and Ron Smith on August 12.

August 04, 2021

Testimony on Citizen Participation in Congressional Redistricting

Testimony on Citizen Participation in Congressional Redistricting in the Senate State Government Committee

July 23, 2021

David Thornburgh to Step Aside as Committee of Seventy CEO to Assume New Role as Senior Advisor

David Thornburgh to Step Aside as Committee of Seventy CEO to Assume New Role as Senior Advisor