Brooke's Briefing: DC Council Approves Fiscal Year 2025 Budget and Community Office Hours Tomorrow!

Posted by
V. Casarrubias
June 25, 2024

Dear Neighbor,

Today, the DC Council passed the Fiscal Year 2025 Budget! I want to highlight some of the major priorities we funded that will make a meaningful difference in our communities, as well as remind you to join me tomorrow, June 26th for community office hours!

For a comprehensive summary of the expansive investments the Council made in our Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) budget, I encourage you to read my last newsletter.

Major investments in our communities

I worked with all of my colleagues to put forward a sustainable budget that seeks to improve public safety, revitalize our downtown, support our small and local businesses, expand education and youth opportunities, support housing and health initiatives, and help our communities across the District to thrive.

Below, I will highlight a few of the major priorities I am proud to have secured this year that do not always get the most limelight but that will make critical improvements to the safety and wellbeing of our residents and businesses, including:

Changes made since the June 12th vote

I am also proud that since our last vote on June 12th, I worked hard to make several important changes that will better serve our residents, businesses, and communities by:

That being said, I am disappointed that we were unable to mitigate some of the serious concerns I had about a number of the new tax increases, including the municipal bonds tax, by today's final budget vote.

As a reminder, currently, District residents who hold District or other state and municipal bonds can exclude interest gained from those bonds from their gross income on their DC tax return. The new budget removes this exclusion for bonds from other states and jurisdictions starting on January 1, 2025.

I am concerned that the municipal bonds tax will have an unfair and harmful impact on District residents whose livelihoods are embedded in these assets, especially our seniors who are at or nearing retirement, low- and middle-income residents, and those on fixed incomes. I am continuing to work to identify potential avenues that will mitigate these impacts following the budget.

We have come a long way in the last few months to move the District forward with a vision that provides fundamental safety for our residents in every neighborhood, ensures DC is a competitive and opportunity-rich location to do business with a thriving Downtown, and invests in our residents across all ages and incomes so that everyone can prosper.

I look forward to the work that continues after today to ensure these meaningful investments are implemented and moved forward by our District agencies.
Lastly, I want to invite you to join me and my team for our next office hours TOMORROW, June 26th at The Little Gay Pub on the border between Logan Circle and Shaw from 5-6:30pm! I would love to see you and hear about your priorities for the neighborhood and District.

Yours in Service,


On June 27th, the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will hold a public roundtable on six confirmation resolutions for nominees to the Science Advisory Board, which plays an important advisory role with the Department of Forensic Sciences.

The roundtable will be held virtually over Zoom. You can find information on all upcoming hearings at the Council and sign up to testify here.

Witnesses who anticipate needing language interpretation, including sign language interpretation, are asked to inform the Committee of the need as soon as possible but no later than five business days before a hearing during registration or by contacting Ms. Aukima Benjamin, Committee Manager to the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, at (202) 724-8058 or via e-mail at  

In the last few weeks, Councilmember Pinto and Team Pinto have been out and about in Ward 2 and across the city, including to:

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