Term: 4 Years

Salary: $71,885

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:

Joseph S. Person (Independent)

Bobby Pittman (Republican)

Frank Smith Jr. (Democrat)

Joseph S. Person (I)

1750 Harvard St.

Age: 34

Businessman; co-founder, Columbia Heights Citizen Patrol; founder, Parents Against Drugs and Po-Education; member, Executive Committee, D.C. PTA;community organizer, against closing five schools,for physical improvements at H.D. Cooke, Lincoln and Bancroft schools, against attempted firing of a superintendent, D.C. Public Schools; named Ward I Parent of the Year, 1989, by the Ward I Council on Education, and Parent Role Model of the Year, 1989, by the D.C. Congress of PTAs; AA, Social Science, Texas College; candidate for a BS degree in political science, UDC; Army, 1979-82; married, two children; graduate, D.C. Public Schools; third-generation Washingtonian.

A. No. I would not support an increase in any city taxes to deal with the District's mounting deficit. I think that there are other methods of balancing the budget. It is not necessary to rob Peter to pay Paul, which would happen if taxes are allowed to be increased to balance the budget. There are other means by which this city can create revenue to help balance the budget. The people of Washington, D.C., do not deserve a tax increase. I think these areas should be studied carefully before any type of efforts are made to increase taxes. Some of my suggestions would be: development of government controlled and operated tourism, a city-based entertainment promotional business to create millions of dollars in city revenue, and reorganization of the D.C. Lottery Board, which in turn would help decrease the deficit.

Bobby Pittman (R)

1900 Connecticut Ave. NW

Age: 26

Dental health account administrator, MIDA/Denticare, 1988-present; management, Dart Drug Inc., 1987-88; management, Marriott Corp. (restaurant division), 1983; chairman, Public Works Committee, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1-D, 1989; chairman, Public Safety Committee, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1-D, 1988; volunteer, Smithsonian Institution, 1976-1982, 1988-present ; president, alumni association, School Without Walls Senior High School; member, Student Conservation Association, 1980-present; community activist; graduate, D.C. public schools.

A. The only taxes I can see raising are taxes on vacant property and abandoned buildings. I would move to create a Tax Class V, which would be taxed at a higher rate than is presently being done. The objective is to give the owner needed incentive to either fix up their properties or pay more for its present condition. When elected to the council, if faced with the decision to raise taxes, I would voteno. We are taxed too high now. The council said it would reduce property taxes to 89 cents per $100 of assessed value. This was not done. I would fight to get property taxes lowered. District residents feel shut out of the legislative process and those in Ward 1 are particularly angry. {If} elected, I would work to alter that perception. I want people to know they have an ear to listen to them and a voice to speak for them. I would represent the interests of the people.

Frank Smith Jr. (D)

2904 18th St. NW

Age: 48


Member, D.C. Council, Ward 1, 1982-present, chairman, Committee on Public Services, and member, Committees on Housing and Economic Development, Public Works and Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; chairman, D.C. Commission on Baseball; board member, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, chairman, Subcommittee on Pensions and Retirement; vice president, Council of Governments of the Greater Washington Area; member, D.C. Board of Education, 1978-82; ANC chairman; fellow, Institute for Policy Studies; PhD, urban planning, Union Graduate School; BA, political science, Morehouse College; board member, Community of Hope; married; three children.

A. As the national economy is beginning to turn downward, the District, like many other cities, is feeling a strain on its spending capability. We now have the delicate task of trying to balance the requirements of supplying necessary police and basic community services while not overburdening our residents with heavy taxes. As Ward 1 council member, I am committed not to raise income or property taxes. In fact, during the 1991 fiscal year budget process, the city council cut more than $120 million from the mayor's proposed budget, thereby eliminating the need for most of the mayor's tax increases and enabling us to lower the residential property tax rate. The District may receive some needed relief in revenues as Congress has begun marking up a bill to increase the federal payment to the city by $60 million. In summary, as this city begins to face revenue shortfalls, I would continue my approach of cutting wasteful spending combined with an increase in the federal payment, which should avert the need to raise taxes.