Thursday, January 15, 2009

Council requires greater transparency in FY 2010 budget

In the final days of CP17, the City Council passed PR17-1210, Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Submission Requirements Resolution of 2008. Among other things, the resolution requires Mayor Fenty to submit his proposed budget by March 20, 2009. Earlier this month, Council Chair Gray listed changes from FY 2009 in a letter to Mayor Fenty.

This Council action was achieved in large part by the work of tireless advocates including those from DCFPI and the Arc of the District of Columbia. That said, the Council under Chairman Gray has adopted transparency as one of its goals.

As good as this resolution is, significantly more must be done to improve budget and policy transparency. Those interested in taking part in this work should stay tuned here for opportunities to take action.