- 4.19.16 – COW Minutes_DRAFT
- 5.5.16 – COW Minutes_DRAFT
- B21-620, Homeward DC Omnibus Act of 2016 (Committee Report)
- 5.16.16 FINAL Circulated Draft – B21-620
- B21-667, FY17 Budget Federal Portion (Draft Report and Print)
- B21-668, FY17 Budget Local Budget (Draft Report and Print)
- B21-669, FY17 Budget Support (Draft Report and Print)
CHAIRMAN MENDELSON STATEMENT ON HISTORIC VICTORY FOR DISTRICT AUTONOMY
WASHINGTON, DC – This afternoon, Superior Court Judge Brian Holeman issued an order granting the Council’s motion for judgment in favor of budget autonomy.
Phil Mendelson, Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, released the following statement regarding the order issued today by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in the budget autonomy litigation. The historic ruling upholds the Budget Autonomy Act, stating that the Council, the Mayor, and the District voters lawfully exercised their collective power to gain control over expenditure of local funds.
The Committee of the Whole has scheduled an additional meeting to consider the Committee’s recommendations on the Fiscal Year 2017 Proposed Budget for agencies under its purview for Thursday, May 5, 2016.
“The Council gave final approval today to a budget package for fiscal year 2016 that builds in extensive efficiency savings and increases funding in important areas like affordable housing and homeless services without resorting to increases in the sales and parking taxes,” Mendelson stated. “Additionally, the final budget expedites tax relief for all District residents,” Mendelson continued, “moving the District toward final implementation of what will be the most progressive tax system in the nation.”
The expedited implementation of tax relief will allow residents to see tax relief for the current tax year, instead of unnecessarily delaying the tax relief. Originally approved in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, the changes to the tax code are part of a comprehensive package of tax reforms that place particular emphasis on benefitting low and moderate income earners. The Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Act, as approved by the Council today, will allow for implementation of tax relief one year earlier for, among others, those in the middle income tax bracket and small businesses throughout the District. Contrary to suggestions made by some, the acceleration of tax relief does not limit flexibility for future budgets or jeopardize programming.