Term: 4 years
QUESTION: Would you support an increase in any city taxes to deal with the city's mounting deficit? If so, list them.
Vote for one:
Julie Finley (Republican)
Suzanne P.W. Finney (Independent)
James A. Kalish (Independent)
Jim Nathanson (Democrat)
Julie Finley (R)
3221 Woodland Dr. NW
Community volunteer; Northwest D.C. resident since 1956; married, with two sons in college; former trustee and board chairman, Beauvoir School; former trustee, the Potomac School; board member, Children's Hearing and Speech Center, 1974-present; corporate board member, Children's Hospital, 1984-89; board member, Project Match Inc.; volunteer, Meals on Wheels; area coordinator, Anderson for President, 1980; member, D.C. Republican Committee, 1984-present; 12th Precinct Republican Chairman, 1984-present; endorsed by the D.C. Republican Committee for D.C. Council from Ward 3.
Suzanne Finney (I)
2737 Devonshire Place NW
Art consultant, Wetherholt Galleries; District resident, eight years, formerly resided in New York City; graduate, Corcoran School of Art; attended School of Visual Arts, New York City; member, Washington Project for the Arts; worked with the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; volunteer, soup kitchens around Washington; freelance photographer, traveled extensively in the Third World where the subject matter was the homeless.
A: If elected I would support an overall reorganization of the fiscal year 1992 budget. This reallocation of funds would be based primarily on the recommendations in the forthcoming Rivlin Report. Many savings could be made by combining these offices whose functions overlap (e.g. Latino Affairs, Minority Business Opportunity Commission, Office on Aging, Mayor's Special Assistant for Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs). Other recommendations include cutting superfluous staff and reassigning them to offices that need help, such as education (teachers), police (on the street, not behind the desk), motor vehicle services and recycling. After making adjustment such as these, I would consider tax increases for hotels (class III property tax), ensure that class B liquor taxes are collected, and hold an oversight hearing on the Department of Finance and Revenue to determine how to wipe out the backlog of uncollected taxes.
Jim Kalish (I)
3522 Cumberland St. NW
Publisher, journal of opinion, D.C. Issue Watch; founder and CEO, Washington Council of Agencies (association of nonprofits), 1979-1988; program officer, Agnes and Eugene Meyer Foundation, 1971-78; Peace Corps deputy director, Sierra Leone, 1968-70; director of planning, D.C. anti-poverty program, United Planning Organization, 1964-68; member (on leave), D.C. Common Cause board; award from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, for a series of articles on D.C government; D.C. resident for 30 years; children attended D.C. public schools; MA, Cornell University, 1960; BA, Antioch College, 1958.
A: Additional taxes are not the answer to this deficit and pending bankruptcy crisis -- less expenditures and more efficient government is the answer. More taxes would be self-defeating -- pushing out the middle class, small businesses and job-generating corporations. I'm calling for a 10 percent to 15 percent reduction in the 48,000 D.C. government work force, carried out over five years -- a realistic and obtainable goal. D.C. workers who are not doing their jobs should be replaced. Selected D.C. government functions should be transferred to nonprofit agencies, public authorities, regional arrangements and private industry. We must do a far better job collecting taxes already on the books. Downtown commercial property should be assessed at market value. National organizations located in the District, using our services while not paying taxes, should be expected to pay user fees.
Jim Nathanson (D)
3606 Norton Pl. NW
Legislator, council member; member, D.C. Council committees on Judiciary, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Education and Libraries and Public Services; chairman, D.C. Council Task Force on the Reorganization of UDC; member, Metropolitan Council of Governments Board, vice president, Transportation Planning Board and Committee on Noise Abatement; volunteer representative payee, AARP legal counsel for the elderly; veteran teacher, D.C. public schools; lawyer; board member, Ellington School of the Arts, D.C. Center for Citizen Education in the Law and Cleveland Park Historical Society; executive council, George Washington University Law Alumni Association; Harvard Club Schools Committee; BA, Harvard; JD, MA, George Washington University; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Georgetown.
A: Because our citizens are already overburdened with some of the highest taxes in the nation and the highest in the metropolitan area, I would not support new or increased taxes until our deficit was attacked by: 1) reducing District government personnel levels and waste; 2) adjusting District priorities to eliminate programs of least benefit; 3) establishing a fair formula-based federal payment tied to the Consumer Price Index or making appropriate reductions in District services to the federal establishment; 4) setting all commercial property assessments at 100 percent of real value. Only then, while absolutely opposing increases in income or property taxes, would I consider taxes on utility gross receipts, development impact and tobacco.