Reviewing Allegheny County’s 2020 Finances

Summary of Study

Monthly revenue and expenditure reports from the Allegheny County Controller’s Office show that in 2020, the county collected $900.1 million in revenue and spent $885.8 million—a positive result of $14.3 million. 

$900.1 million is 95.1 percent of the $946.4 million budgeted. This includes current taxes, as well as delinquent collections, penalties, and interest. There are licenses and permits, charges for services, money from other governments, etc.

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Findings:

  • Property tax collections totaled $376.3 million. This came in very close to the $382.4 million budgeted (98.4 percent).
  • Taxes associated with traveling, visiting bars and restaurants, holding events and gambling fell short as those activities were curtailed by shutdowns and restrictions.
  • The tax on vehicle rentals underperformed where $5.0 million of the $7.8 million budgeted (64.7 percent) was raised. The tax on alcoholic beverages raised $20.6 million compared to the $45.1 million budget (45.6 percent).
  • The county budgeted $5.9 million from Rivers Casino slot machine gross terminal revenue but collected $3.4 million (57.5 percent).
  • The county is to receive $383 million from the latest federal stimulus legislation. The money is permitted to be used for revenue replacement and can be utilized through 2024.  It is unclear how the county intends to use this money.

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