TERM: 4 Years
QUESTION: Would you support an increase in any city taxes to deal with the District's mounting deficit? If so, list them.
Vote for one:
Scott P. Boylan (Republican)
Keith Mario Wilkerson (D.C. Statehood)
John A. Wilson (Democrat)
Scott Boylan (R)
3848 Porter St. NW
Lawyer, Drinker Biddle & Reath, 1989-present; part-time graduate student, Georgetown University National Law Center, degree expected in February 1991; member, John Carroll Society, District of Columbia Bar Association, American Bar Association; trial lawyer, U.S. Department of Justice 1987-89; lawyer, York International Corp., 1985-87; law degree, Syracuse University College of Law, 1985; bachelor's degree, Franklin & Marshall College, 1982.
I do not believe that raising the already too high taxes on the citizens of the District of Columbia is necessary to resolve the District's rising deficit. I would not support any tax increase. Instead, I believe the deficit can be put under control by realistic fiscal management, which has been lacking in past administrations, by devoting increased vigilance and manpower to the collection of taxes by the District government, and by a federal payment that is linked not to the whim of Congress but instead to the value of federal property holdings in the District that remain off the District tax rolls.
Keith Mario Wilkerson (DCS)
1701 15th St. NW
Substitute teacher, Browne Junior High School; gardener/consultant, Association for the Renewal of Education; artist; representative, Presbyterian Men Synod of the Mid-Atlantic, 1988-present; BA, College of Wooster, 1978; Great Lakes College Arts Association Arts Program, 1978; Phelps Vocational School, adult education, certificates in horticulture, floriculture, 1988-90; volunteer, District Curators' Activities for Downtown Development Arts Festival, 1984-88; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Geographical Development Grant (Barry Farms), 1986; internship, D.C. Artwork; interpreter, Capital Children's Museum; docent, Art Barn; received National Jaycees Outstanding Young Men in America citation, 1986; graduate, D.C. public schools.
I would support a commuter tax. Any other increases in city taxes should be carefully examined.
John A. Wilson (D)
511 G St. SW
Member, D.C. Council, Ward 2, chairman, Committee on Finance and Revenue, and member, Committees on Human Services, Housing and Economic Development and Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; fellow, Institute for Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Institute for Policy Studies; board member, Anchor Mental Health Association, Capitol Children's Museum, GEICO Investment Services, President's Club, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Junior League Advisory Board, Police Boys Club and H Street Community Development Corp.; former board member, Washington Project for the Arts and Committee on Strategies to Reduce Chronic Poverty; former national deputy director of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.
A tax increase alone could not raise revenue sufficient to bridge the widening gap created by decreasing revenue from existing sources and increasing spending beyond budget. If the status quo remains, we enter fiscal year 1991 facing a potential deficit of $200 million. Fiscal year 1991 revenues will be at least $100 million below those projected to fund the 1991 budget. There are proposed pay raises totaling a minimum of $63 million that are not in the budget. I continue to maintain that if we are to balance the city budget and avoid future deficits, we must have the triple combination of reductions in the base of the budget, expansion of the tax base and a significant increase in our federal payment. If and when taxes are considered, we should look first at expanding our existing tax base before increasing existing taxes. However, I am opposed to increasing personal income and Class I residential property taxes.