Dear Smart Growth Supporters,
Email the Council today before the final vote next Tuesday, June 14.
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Thanks to you and hundreds of others we’ve made a real difference in this year’s D.C. budget. The Council increased funding for Metro to avoid service cuts on weekends, and we won back many of the housing program cuts.
But there’s more work to be done.
Email the Council before next Tuesday, June 14
Though the budget is much improved, key revenues and program funds are still missing. Funding to restore the Housing Production Fund was put off until the city’s revenue increases – a decision that harms lower income residents struggling to stay in the city.
The Council did agree to raise the residential parking permit fee from $15 per year to $35 per year (a milestone), but they wouldn’t increase fees for multiple vehicles. They also decided to reduce parking meter rates from $2 per hour to $1 per hour if the predicted revenue increases are realized. Rather than raising the income tax for households earning more than $200,000 per year, the Council found some increased revenues by eliminating the exemption for out-of-state bonds.
We’ve worked hard to create a progressive transportation policy and reasonable revenue measures in D.C. – including parking meter rates. Cutting this revenue and defunding the Housing Trust Fund will set that progress back. Please email the Council today before the final vote next Tuesday, June 14. Once you’re done, forward this to 5 friends and ask them to do the same.
We made important gains with the first budget vote, but some councilmembers still may want to shortchange critical programs and roll back reasonable revenues. Email the Council today and tell them to prioritize fair revenues, forward-thinking parking and transportation policies, and essential affordable housing funds.
For Smarter Growth
PS – Please forward this email and our action page to five of your friends today!
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