In total, the District revenues came in 2 percent higher than anticipated. Traffic fines, including those from automated cameras, added $27 million more to city coffers than expected.
Also, city agencies underspent their 2012 budgets by a combined $117 million. The District’s child welfare agency, for instance, served fewer children than anticipated and thus spent $3.2 million less than expected.
Despite the windfall, mayoral officials said they do not anticipate proposing any new spending until Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi issues new revenue projections in February for the current and upcoming fiscal years. The surplus will remain untouched, Gray administration officials said: “None of it is up for grabs,” one senior official said.
Mayoral officials are confident Gandhi will upgrade revenues in the coming weeks, citing strong ongoing cash collections, but the CFO has been reticent in the past year to revise revenues upward while the federal budget situation remains unsettled. Should new revenues be revised upward, the Gray administration anticipates making “major critical investments” in affordable housing, public safety and the raises for the District workforce.