Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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General information
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Mayor:Bill Peduto
Mayor party:Democratic
Last mayoral election:November 5, 2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:November 5, 2013
Next city council election:November 3, 2015
City council seats:9
2014 FY Budget:$488 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:305,841
Gender:51.6%
Race:White 64.8%
African American 26.1%
Hispanic or Latino 2.3%
Asian 4.4%
Two or More Races 2.5%
Unemployment:6.3%
Median household income:$38,029
High school graduation rate:89.8%
College graduation rate:35.0%
Related Pittsburgh offices
Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation
Pennsylvania State Legislature
Pennsylvania state executive offices
Pittsburgh is a city in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. As of 2013, its population was 305,841.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Pittsburgh utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Bill Peduto is the current Mayor of Pittsburgh.[3]

City council

The Pittsburgh City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[4]

Membership

The Pittsburgh City Council is made up of nine members, each of whom is elected by one of the city's nine districts.[5]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council committees

The Pittsburgh City Council features nine standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[6]

A current list of Pittsburgh City Council committees can be found here.

Elections

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania municipal elections, 2015

The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 3, 2015. A primary will take place on May 19, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is not yet announced. Five of the nine city council seats are up for election.[7]

Budget

Pittsburgh's adopted operating budget for 2014 was $488 million.[8]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
512 City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 255-2626

The mayor's website provides an outline contact form. It can be accessed here.

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania ballot measures

The city of Pittsburgh is in Allegheny County. A list of ballot measures in Allegheny County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh follows state law for initiative and referendum.

Lobbying

As of 2013, information on Pittsburgh's federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.

City website evaluation

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for over 15 years.[9]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[10]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and contact forms.
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and contact form.[11]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 12 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 12 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[12]
    • Meeting videos are available.[13]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2001 are available.[14]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[15]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[16]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Open Records Officer. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[17]
    • A public records form is provided.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[18]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[19]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[20]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[21]

The bad

  • Elected officials
    • Personalized emails addresses are not provided for city council members.
  • Administrative officials
    • Personalized emails addresses are not provided.
  • Lobbying
    • No information on membership in lobbying associations.

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 27, 2014
  2. Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter, Art. II-III, accessed on October 27, 2014
  3. City of Pittsburgh, "Mayor," accessed on October 27, 2014
  4. City of Pittsburgh, "City Council: Functions," accessed on October 27, 2014
  5. City of Pittsburgh, "City Council," accessed on October 27, 2014
  6. City of Pittsburgh, "Committees," accessed on October 27, 2014
  7. Email correspondence with Edward Hauser of Allegheny County on September 12, 2014.
  8. City of Pittsburgh, "2014 Operating Budget," accessed on October 27, 2014
  9. City of Pittsburgh, "Budgets," accessed on February 17, 2013
  10. City of Pittsburgh, "Staff Directory," accessed on February 17, 2013
  11. City of Pittsburgh, "Elected Officials," accessed on February 17, 2013
  12. City of Pittsburgh, "Meeting Calendar, Agendas, and Minutes," accessed on February 17, 2013
  13. City of Pittsburgh, "Meeting Videos," accessed on February 17, 2013
  14. City of Pittsburgh, "Audits," accessed on February 17, 2013
  15. City of Pittsburgh, "Bids," accessed on February 17, 2013
  16. City of Pittsburgh, "Contracts," accessed on February 17, 2013
  17. City of Pittsburgh, "Public Records," accessed on February 17, 2013
  18. City of Pittsburgh, "Finance," accessed on February 17, 2013
  19. City of Pittsburgh, "Pay Taxes Online," accessed on February 17, 2013
  20. City of Pittsburgh, "Zoning," accessed on February 17, 2013
  21. City of Pittsburgh, "Building Permits," accessed on February 17, 2013