With the pandemic economy, the District of Columbia cannot afford to lose millions of dollars!
In the recently concluded DC government budget deliberations, the Mayor and Council had to consider significant revenue cuts, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, that could impact both the current FY20 budget and the upcoming FY21 budget. These considerations were necessary because of revenue losses connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated economic downturn, and other factors.
The financial troubles are, of course, not behind us. In an August 5th letter, Jeffrey DeWitt, DC Chief Financial Officer, shared how we may soon face more revenue reductions:
"If the District were required to shut down again or revert back to Phase I reopening, federal assistance to the local economy were significantly reduced or eliminated, and/or unemployment levels do not begin a recovery, a lowering of the FY 2021 forecast by as much as $500 million is possible.”
Meanwhile, as we deal with these financial uncertainties there is the painful certainty that the District's Department of Public Works has been unnecessarily losing, sometimes literally burning (through unnecessary incineration), millions of taxpayer dollars each year for over a decade. This boondoggle is still occurring even during this time of economic upheaval and need.
Additionally, the District of Columbia continues to have one of the worst recycling, waste diversion rates, in the Washington Metro region.
Let's stop this madness and mismanagement that is costing DC taxpayers millions of dollars and hurting our urban environment.