Philadelphia’s budget affects the life of anyone who works or lives in the city. So we want to hear from you.

The budget determines tax rates, funding levels for city departments, and which large capital projects the city will fund.

Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed $5.2 billion spending plan includes reducing wage and business taxes, spending some of the city’s $1.4 billion in federal stimulus money to cover costs of fighting COVID-19 and making up for lost revenue, and restoring some services that were cut during the pandemic — such as opening libraries six days per week and reopening city pools this summer.

City Council is holding hearings this month on Kenney’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year and must approve a budget by the end of June.

There are a lot of moving parts here, but here’s a guide to how the city budget process works.

Ultimately, the city is using your taxpayer dollars, so we want to know what your priorities are. Share them with us by filling out this form. Reporters may reach out to you, or you may see your questions and answers incorporated into our coverage.

» TELL US WHAT YOU THINK: Fill out this Google form to tell us your priorities for Philly’s budget