The City Controller has the powers and responsibility to perform a crucial role in Philadelphia government. As described by the non-partisan, good-government organization Committee of 70:
"The City Controller is the chief auditor of Philadelphia's financial affairs. Philadelphia's Home Rule Charter requires the Controller to conduct annual audits of every City office and agency, and it authorizes him or her to offer recommendations for improving the efficiency and economy of City Government. The Controller is not elected at the same time as the Mayor and City Council, therefore, he or she can be an effective independent watchdog over the City's finances."
A Budget Bulldog As City Controller Can Make City Hall Work For Us
The City Controller is Philadelphia’s elected financial watchdog. But, with the city budget in perpetual crisis, we need a BUDGET BULLDOG to keep an eye on City Hall and stop the waste and fraud that squander our public dollars. I will bring energy, independence, and knowledge to the position of City Controller. I will refuse to pull any punches and will create unprecedented budgetary transparency and governmental accountability. As Controller:
- I will root out fraud, waste, and corruption in government to reduce our high tax burden, preserve City services, and invest in Philadelphia’s future.
- I will connect City spending to positive outcomes so we can create accountability to make sure our tax dollars make a positive difference.
- I will validate participation goals and ensure enforcement of participation agreements to expand economic opportunity and growth.
- I will post all City payments online in a searchable budget database so we can see exactly where our money goes.
In this time of fiscal crisis, we need to be watching our city finances as closely as we watch our household budgets. The City Controller can create accountability and transparency in City government. I will be your BUDGET BULLDOG, dedicated to minding our money and eliminating waste and fraud in city government to make City Hall work for us.