No Tax Increases in DC Mayor's $13.5 Billion Budget Proposal

D.C. taxpayers can look forward to no tax increases if Mayor Muriel Bowser's proposed 2017 budget is passed as-is.

News4's Tom Sherwood reports the booming economy is making it easier for the city to pay for new and improved services citywide.

"Many mayors around the country would love to trade places with us. We're growing. Our revenues are robust," Bowser told Sherwood.

The District is continuing to make investments in crime fighting technology and local roads and bridges programs, City Administrator Rashad Young said at a D.C. Council meeting Thursday.

City leaders said they also plan to speed up renovation or replacement of all city schools -- a $5 billion project that began a decade ago.

"The city is awash in cash, so to speak. This will be the largest budget passed in the history of the District of Columbia, and no other jurisdiction in America is doing that," Jack Evans, DC Council Finance Chairman, said.

The proposed $13.5 billion 2017 budget also includes new tax cuts for businesses and for low income taxpayers.

"[There are] various different things we're doing and it's important for the city to keep us competitive," Evans said.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will guide the council review on changes to the expansive budget. The council will vote on the new budget by early summer.

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