The District’s spending plan for the coming year faces a first vote this week, and it looks like D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has maneuvered to put his own stamp on the budget submitted by Mayor Vince Gray to the D.C. Council in early April.
When Gray submitted the 2012 budget, he made significant cuts to social service programs and proposed a number of tax increases -- including one on District residents making more than $200,000 a year -- as a way to close an estimated $322 million budget gap. His budget didn’t seem to make anyone happy, and the council quickly got around to making a number of changes, including scrapping a number of proposed new taxes and restoring funding for homeless services and other social programs. Some of the most contentious debate among council members was reserved for a proposal to increase the cost of residential parking permits and lower rates for on-street parking meters, though. Ward 6’s Tommy Wells defended the proposal over the weekend.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]