Friday, March 25, 2011

Have a house party with the Council chair on the FY 2012 budget

Council Chairman Kwame Brown is asking DC residents to invite him into their homes for small gatherings to talk about the FY 2012 budget.   This is a new approach for the City Council.   Time will tell how effective it is.   But you've got to give the chairman credit for trying a new-to-the-Council way of communicating and connecting with residents.   Details are in his latest newsletter and excerpted here:
A Responsible Budget

Next week, the Mayor will deliver his proposed FY12 budget to the Council. We'll then begin the critical task of evaluating the budget, agency by agency, department by department. I have already made it clear that we will not raise taxes on income or property, but we will still have to find a way to pay for all of the essential services the city provides. Unfortunately, there will have to be spending cuts in many areas, but I promise you that we will do this deliberately and responsibly.

We can't do this without you. Please email or call us with your comments, concerns, and input. Or, let me come to you. A number of constituents have invited me into their homes to talk with their neighbors about the budget and answer any questions they might have. If you would like to host a neighborhood meeting with me, you can send an email to Nicole Streeter: (For all other inquiries about the budget, please contact Committee of the Whole:

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