D.C. Budget Season Under COVID-19 Begins

A sagging D.C. economy reeling from COVID-19 will force major adjustments by the D.C. Council to the fiscal year 2021-2022 but community leaders and human service advocates say whatever is done must aid the needy.

On Feb. 4, Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8) convened an online meeting with more than 100 District residents on the heels of news of the city’s financial status for the upcoming fiscal year 2021-2022.

The council member, as well as his council colleagues and Mayor Muriel Bowser, are seeking residents’ views on the estimated $16.9 billion budget knowing that a balanced budget won’t be achieved without tough decisions.

District officials said Bowser will present her fiscal 2021-2022 budget to the council and the public at the end of March.

D.C.’s Financial Standing

White told his audience “the District is in a strong financial position.”

“Even though we are dealing with the effects of a coronavirus pandemic and the hospitality and entertainment industry are struggling, we have experienced income and property tax growth,” the council member said, referring to a briefing he and his colleagues received from Jeff DeWitt, the District’s chief financial officer.

White said DeWitt told the council members the fiscal year-end audit

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