For a Few Dollars More
After a few years of tightening purse strings, the D.C. Council passed a record $12.1 billion budget last week—about $800 million more than the 2013 budget—with a final vote scheduled for June 18. The new cash comes courtesy of the District’s growing population, which has increased the city’s income and sales tax bases and driven up home values; personal income, employment, and property tax receipts are all projected to rise in 2014. Though a slowdown in federal spending looms over the District’s financial fortune, right now the budget is nothing but good news for plenty of constituencies, including advocates for the homeless, advocates against teen pregnancy, and fans of the Circulator, all of which will see more funding for FY 2014, which begins on Nov. 1. Here’s a rundown of a few of the recipients of the District’s newfound riches.
Graphic by Carey Jordan