Let Pittsburgh Voters Decide City’s Financial Future

Very soon the City of Pittsburgh will be submitting preliminary budget numbers for 2008 and the years beyond to the oversight board. Based on its 2007 submission to the board, the City’s projections likely will show average growth of 3 percent in the budget every year. Thus, in 2011 the City is projected to spend $470.8 million, up from the $410.6 million in 2006. Holding the City’s population constant at 312,000, per capita expenditures will increase by nearly $200 to $1,510. In all reality, population will not stay at that level and will experience a net decrease, meaning per capita expenditure will stand even higher.

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