Gray Congratulates Council for Passing 2013 Budget Plan
6/5/2012, 5:49 p.m.
Final Budget Represents More Than 99 Percent of Mayor's Original Proposal
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mayor Vincent C. Gray has congratulated the D.C. Council for its passage of a budget that is largely unchanged from the budget proposal the Gray Administration presented to the governing body in March. The final budget approves 99.6 percent of the requested budget that Gray initially proposed.
"I'd like to thank the Council for passing my administration's budget that strikes a careful balance by avoiding new taxes and fees and cutting spending while still protecting our most vulnerable residents and allowing us to make important strategic investments in areas like education, workforce development and public safety," Gray said.
The $9.4 billion budget places a premium on fiscal responsibility by closing an anticipated $172.1 million gap between revenues and expenses without raising new taxes or adding new fees. Mayor Gray and his budget team adhered to four basic principles in assembling his original budget proposal:
Ensure a structurally balanced budget;
No new taxes or fees;
Continue strategic investments in education, public safety and workforce development; and
Protect the District's most vulnerable residents.