The role of the Controller is to connect problems to solutions. Audits can expose issues with service delivery, inefficiencies, and mismanagement, but every audit also has recommendations on how to improve. The Controller is a problem solver who advocates for changes on behalf of city residents and taxpayers.
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act, city revenue was buoyed by federal support as we emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, revenue will drop by $35 million in 2025 forcing the city to draw on the Rainy Day Fund. We must continue to diversify revenue while demonstrating fiscal prudence.
While the Controller's office has digitized records, the city must move in this direction to allow residents to access their government online while remembering that digital access is not universal. In-person services must be available, and the city must ensure access to all city services for people of all abilities.
In Pittsburgh, the Controller is also the Controller of Pittsburgh Public Schools. Our public school system is the city's biggest vulnerability. We must be diligent about closing the achievement gap and working to earn the trust of students and families.
Also considered the "fiscal watchdog," the City Controller is the third branch of government in the City of Pittsburgh. The Controller is responsible of assuring that the people get the services they pay for. The City Controller's office is the City of Pittsburgh's accounting, auditing, and accounts payable functions.