Budget Spotlight

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Falls Short of “Inclusive Prosperity”


Mayor Bowser’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget makes important investments to protect the incomes of vulnerable families with children and to help DC residents cope with rising housing costs. At the same time, the budget reflects a missed opportunity to work towards the mayor’s stated goal of “inclusive prosperity,” by not making sufficient investments […]


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Revenue: Where DC Gets Its Money


Revenue: Where DC Gets Its Money, details how and where the District gets its revenue to pay for everything from library books, to teacher salaries, to health care for lower-income residents. Our new and improved revenue primer also compares key DC taxes to those levied in surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Along with our recently […]


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A Citizen’s Guide to the DC Budget


Drivers’ licenses. Cash assistance for families in need. Trash collection. Financing for affordable housing. Teachers, police officers and firefighters. Library books. All are made possible in the District of Columbia through one thing: The city’s annual budget. Certainly a budget that provides this wide a range of goods and services is a bit complicated. In […]


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The District’s budget provides funding for a variety of critical public programs and services including education, transportation, health care, and job training, just to name a few.  These programs and services are financed largely through tax and fee collections.  The District’s budget is based on a fiscal year which runs from October through September.

 

FY 2017 Budget Toolkit

FY 2016 Budget Toolkit

Overview and Timeline of the DC Budget Process

A Citizen’s Guide to the DC Budget

Revenue: Where DC Gets Its Money