Mayor Muriel Bowser released her proposed FY18 budget to the DC City Council—$13.8 billion in total, an increase of 3.4 percent from the previous budget. Some of the key points include:
$10 million for a fund preserving DC’s low-rent housing;
a $15 million increase for homeless services;
a 1.5 percent increase in per-pupil funds for education (down from the previous 2 percent);
and a continuing of the tax cuts started in 2015.
(Those tax cuts were intended to run through 2019 in an effort to lower income tax for struggling residents, and stayed so long as DC’s revenue rose, which it has. But critics question continuing it when DC is in the “black” and some argue tax money could support services like homeless support.)
On Monday, Allen will open up the conversation to address the community’s concerns on transportation, public safety, education and other needs in the District. The City Council will be holding budget hearings in the coming weeks.