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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/01/2010

Fenty budget proposal cuts 350 jobs, freezes pay to address $555 million gap

About 350 District government jobs could be eliminated, workers' pay will be frozen across the board and health-care and human-services programs could be scaled back under a fiscal 2011 budget plan that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will reveal this morning.

The Fenty administration had to fill an estimated $555 million budget gap and is expected to propose a refinancing that could save $54 million, hikes in parking meters and the city's 911 fee, a D.C. government source said Wednesday evening. Other efforts to close the gap include combining agencies. One such move involves the Office of the Tenant Advocate, and is predicted to cause outcry in the tenants' rights community.

But Fenty, who is running for re-election against Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and eight other candidates who have filed, is sticking with his 2006 campaign promise of no tax increases.

The mayor will present his budget proposal to the D.C. Council at 9:45 a.m. and will follow the briefing with a news conference at 10:30 a.m.

He could disclose some of his plans during his regularly-scheduled morning appearances on Fox 5 and NBC4 before the briefing with council members.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/01/2010

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