Big tax cut for D.C. seniors

How should city leaders help longtime residents deal with the rising costs of a growing city? D.C. Council members concluded Tuesday that a good way to do that would be to offer an outright property tax exemption, worth $21 million over four years, to homeowners 75 and over who earn less than $60,000 a year and have lived in their homes for at least 15 consecutive years. Should the measure survive a second and final vote, it stands to be a signature legislative accomplishment for Anita D. Bonds (D-At Large), who is seeking reelection this year. Lawmakers, however, balked at a measure from Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) that would tighten a cap on yearly property tax hikes amid concerns about its geographic and demographic equity. More from Loose LipsWAMU-FMWTTG-TV and AP.

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Power-line undergrounding bill gets initial okay (Roll CallWRC-TV)

Day 1 of Albrecht Muth trial: Viola Muth’s murder was a “long time coming,” prosecutor tells jurors (PostAPWJLA-TV)

Chris Brown is due back in Superior Court today (Post)

Activists will resubmit marijuana legalization ballot initiative, focusing on home cultivation (WaTimes)

Undercover operation by Taxi Commission finds nearly all cabs have working credit card readers (WAMU-FMDCist)

Taxi czar Ron Linton says he was “simply incorrect” to call driver discrimination economic, not racial (WUSA-TV)

Gray administration finally updates “living wage” rate for city contractors (Post)

Orr and Thomas elementary schools closed today due to heating issues (Post)

Three rec centers, “warming buses” kept open overnight to handle shelter overflow (PostWRC-TV)

Mayoral campaigns and their signs (WRC-TV)

Candidate forum season begins in earnest (WRC-TV)

Marion Barry is making mayoral candidates audition for his endorsement — but not “fringe” candidate Andy Shallal (Loose Lips)

Tommy Wells leads latest “ban the box” effort (WJLA-TV)

Jim Graham takes on rats (Loose LipsWAMU-FM)

Jack Evans pulls funding from Howard Town Center to fund east-of-the-river BIDs (Housing Complex)

Mary Cheh looks to jump-start recycling and composting (AP)

Environmentalists push back on some parts of Gray sustainability plan (DCEN)

Last D.C. Circuit nominee likely to be confirmed; District Court nominees face more uncertain fate (Legal Times)

Superior Court picks also renominated by Obama (Legal Times)

Navy official details to reporter how she plans to evade his FOIA request (WRC-TV)

DMV branch is likely to return to Georgetown Park Mall (Current via Dish)

Why not a playground for kids living at D.C. General? (DCist)

When taking rail transfers into account, Metrobuses aren’t very cheap (GGW)

Weekend track work foils man’s quest to visit every Metro station in a day (DCist)

Car is stolen from Trinidad fire house’s parking lot (WUSA-TV)

DCPS high schools, by enrollment (RPUS)

Dollar value of real-estate investment dropped 20 percent in 2013 (WBJ)

New Douglass Bridge’s bike trail connectivity is lacking (GGW)

Former diplomat Thomas Melady, long active in the D.C. Republican Party, dies at 86 (Post)

Hey, look: Adrian Fenty has another board gig (WBJrelease)

Mark Twain in D.C.: “Kind of a jerk” (Express)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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