Engage with the City of Pittsburgh 2023 Budgets

The City's Office of Management and Budget is seeking public input on the 2023 City of Pittsburgh Capital and Operating Budgets.

On this main project page, you can utilize various resources to better understand the budget process and cycle. On the project subpages, you can take the Capital and Operating surveys.

All feedback, survey results, and comments from the 2023 Budget Engagements will be reported to appropriate City of Pittsburgh Department Directors, the Mayor's Office, and City Council.

Capital vs. Operating Budget

The Capital Budget funds projects that are used to design, build, restore, retain, or purchase City-owned assets, have a minimum value of $50,000, and have a minimum useful life of five years.

The Operating Budget funds expenditures that pay for most day-to-day governmental activities.

City of Pittsburgh Budget Timeline

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    April: Priorities

    Mayor provides budget priorities and goals to the Office of Management and Budget and to City of Pittsburgh departments

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    May/June: Proposals

    OMB issues requests for budget proposals from City of Pittsburgh departments

  • Timeline item 3 - active

    May/June: Public Engagement

    OMB solicits feedback from the public through:

    • Capital Budget Survey
    • Operating Budget Survey
    • Capital Budget Public Forums
    • Operating Budget Forum
    • Capital and Operating Budget Simulators
  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    July: Deadline for Proposals

    Deadline for budget proposals from departments

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    August/September: Discussion

    OMB meets with departments to discuss their budget proposals

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    September: Preliminary Budget

    Mayor proposes a preliminary budget

  • Timeline item 7 - incomplete

    October: Adjustments

    OMB makes adjustments to the prelimary budget as needed

  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete

    November: Formal Submission

    On the second Monday of November, Mayor presents the Operating and Capital Budgets to City Council

  • Timeline item 9 - incomplete

    November/December: Revisions

    City Council holds televised budget hearings and revisions to the proposed budget are considered

  • Timeline item 10 - incomplete

    December: Adoption

    City Council must adopt a balanced City of Pittsburgh budget by December 31st

Budget Process Tutorial