A House subcommittee voted last week to eliminate the $1 million used to run the District's 36 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions from the District budget. Staff writer Mark Sableman and staff photographer Linda Wheeler went to upper Wisconsin Avenue to ask residents if they felt the ANZ funds should be cut. More than half of those approached were familiar with the ANCs. Christian Beres, 32, an electronics engineer who lives on the 4300 block of River Road NW: "I'm not too much into the politics of Washington, so I don't really have a feeling. I followed it for a while, but got disgusted with the overall setup." William Brussat, 55, a management analyst at the Office of Management and Budget who lives at Radmon Street and Connecticut Avenue: "I feel rather ambivalent about them. I'm not quite sure I see the benefits. There's a good deal of rhetoric about citizen participation. But it seems to me it's the people with nothing better to do who are at the forefront." William Ellis, 65, who is retired and lives on the 6600 block of Western Avenue: "No, I do not. I think that the neighborhood commissions are a good thing. It gives the people an opportunity to vent their views to the District government." Peter Higgins, 33, an engineer for the Army who lives on the 3700 block of Benton Street NW: "Probably not. I think they've done some good things. It's the first time the people have had a chance to express how they feel to their government. Particularly along Wisconsin Avenue, when the city wanted to change the zoning and tear down some buildings, they've done some good." John Pielemeier, 32, a projct design officer for the Agency for International Development who lives on the 5400 block of Nevada Avenue NW: "It's tough to say since I haven't attended any of the meetings. I think it's an interesting experiment in grass roots democracy, and I think they should give it more time to take hold." Hildegard Shishkin, a worker at the State Department who lives in the Massachusetts Avenue Park neighborhood: "I'm not too familiar with them. It sounds like its a bad idea to cut off funds. Advisory committees for neighborhoods - that sounds pretty good, doesn't it?" Lois Wolk, 31, a teacher who lives on the 3800 block of Alton Place: "Of course not. Because anything that helps bring government closer to the people is important and should be continued."