When Gray submitted the 2012 budget, he made significant cuts to social service programs and proposed a number of tax increases -- including one on District residents making more than $200,000 a year -- as a way to close an estimated $322 million budget gap. His budget didn’t seem to make anyone happy, and the council quickly got around to making a number of changes, including scrapping a number of proposed new taxes and restoring funding for homeless services and other social programs. Some of the most contentious debate among council members was reserved for a proposal to increase the cost of residential parking permits and lower rates for on-street parking meters, though. Ward 6’s Tommy Wells defended the proposal over the weekend.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]