Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Budget update, February 29

  • Department of Health Care Finance oversight hearing rescheduled:   The Committee on Health will reschedule the DHCF oversight hearing; this change is not on the official hearing schedule.
  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services hearings:   The Committee on Health has combined the performance oversight and FY 2013 budget hearings for the DMHHS.   The combined hearing will take place on the originally scheduled budget hearing date of April 26.   (The performance oversight hearing had been scheduled for March 8.)   This change is not on the official hearing schedule.
  • Metro budget survey:   WMATA has launched a survey for the FY 2013 budget; it seeks input from riders on the agency's and fare policies.   According to Progressive Railroading,
    The survey. . . asks riders for their thoughts on prioritizing services that support WMATA’s day-to-day rail, bus and MetroAccess services, as well as funding mechanisms and new fare options under consideration. For example, riders are asked for their opinions on a customized monthly pass, which would be priced according to a person’s usual commute; new short trip and fast-pass options; off-peak discounts; parking rates; and the "peak of the peak" surcharge. . . .

    The survey ends March 12.

  • WMATA budget hearings:   WMATA is holding a number of budget hearings to get input into Metro's plans (PDF) for changes in FY 2013.   Forums in DC take place March 1 at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church and March 6 at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church.   The hearings start at 7:00 pm.   The public is encouraged to testify; details about registering are on WMATA's website.   The WMATA board will take action on the FY 2013 budget in June; fare and other changes would take effect in July 2012.

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