DC Council Considers Cutting $50M From City Budget

Mayor already proposed $131M in cuts

The D.C. Council is scheduled to vote Monday on a plan to reduce the city's budget by another $50 million.

Mayor Adrian Fenty has already proposed $131 million in cuts to close a revenue shortfall Washington faces. The council's proposal would cut an additional $50 million, which council members say would go toward a reserve fund to be used for future revenue gaps.

The cuts would impact transportation projects and affordable housing programs, among other things. Council members say though scaling back such initiatives is painful, the move is necessary to protect the city considering the country's economic problems.

Fenty's office has sent a letter to council Chairman Vincent Gray warning that the proposal would greatly affect services. Meanwhile, the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute has asked Gray to delay the vote so another public hearing can be held.

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