Allegheny County’s Finances Through June 2021

Summary of Study

Monthly revenue and expenditure reports from the Allegheny County Controller’s Office show that from January to June 2021 the county collected $631.7 million in revenue and spent $447.8 million. 

Compared to the same months in pre-pandemic 2019, as well as last year, some of the county’s tax revenues are faring better while others are still languishing.

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Allegheny Institute for Public Policy

Findings:

  • A look at the taxes collected by the county show that property and sales taxes were close to 2019’s collections last year and exceeded the January-to-June 2019 collections this year.  
  • Taxes related to tourism, dining out, and consuming alcohol at bars and restaurants were significantly affected in 2020. 
  • As of June 2021, those taxes, with the exception of the county’s share of the hotel tax, are up from last year when benchmarked against 2019’s collections but still have not returned to the pre-pandemic levels of June 2019.
  • The county is to receive $383 million from the American Rescue Plan. At this point, the county has not publicly shared its plans for the money and County Council has not yet approved an ordinance or resolution for it. 

Read the full policy brief here.