The D.C. City Council recommended approval yesterday of Mayor Marion Barry's fiscal 1985 supplemental budget while shifting $186,000 in funds to hire temporary council employes.
Barry's budget revisions call for spending $44.8 million above the fiscal 1985 budget approved by the council. The additional funds will come from an expected $41.3 million increase in city revenues.
The council plans a formal vote on the budget next week.
Yesterday, the members amended the mayor's request and shifted $176,000, originally earmarked for the Washington Convention Center, to the council budget to allow members to hire summer interns. In addition, the council added $10,000 to allow William R. Spaulding (D-Ward 5) to hire a temporary employe to plan employment training programs for the city.
Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-Ward 4), who recommended hiring the interns, said after the meeting that council members have been understaffed for some time and need the interns to research legislation.
But Council Chairman David A. Clarke questioned whether Congress would approve the supplemental budget in time to hire the interns..
Some members said they would have preferred to see the additional revenue spent in other ways.
Clarke said that he favored returning some funds to District residents and has introduced legislation to exempt clothing priced under $50 from District sales tax. "All kinds of dollars are going to be found in the next six months or so," said Clarke. "There is a lot more money around than the mayor is letting on to."
Council member John Wilson (D-Ward 2), chairman of the council's Finance Committee, said the money should have been used to retire the city's deficit.