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City launches interactive public engagement tool


February 13, 2018

The City of Pittsburgh Office of Management and Budget has officially launched "Balancing Act," an online public engagement tool that allows residents to be in charge of the city budget through three components.

The goal of the tool is to allow OMB to engage more people and collect more feedback. Currently, they host two public meetings yearly to collect feedback on the capital budget. This tool not only aims to broaden the way OMB receives feedback but allow greater transparency and access for a better understanding of the process.

"OMB continues to work to make the budget process more interactive and simpler to digest. We always strive to include as much public input as possible." said OMB Director Jennifer Presutti.

Through the Balancing Act interactive tool residents will be able to set their own priorities and preferences for the city's budget. They also can see an estimated receipt of how their tax dollars are being spent in the budget. The tool is made up of three parts: tax receipt, capital budget simulator, and operating budget simulator. 

Tax Receipt Tool: Allows residents to see an estimate of what you contribute to the city. Try the Tax Receipt Tool at:

Capital Budget Simulator: Explore the capital budget and make a personal blueprint for city spending. Try the Capital Budget Simulator at:

Operating Budget Simulator: Test your ability to manage city books and balance the city budget. Try Operating Budget Simulator at

Community participation and feedback is encouraged. Feedback collected online and during capital budget meetings is submitted and considered during the budget creation process. 


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