Charter Amendment 8
SHORT TITLE "Charter Amendment: Local Budget Autonomy"SUMMARY STATEMENT: Currently, the home Rule Act requires affirmative Congressional action with respect to the entire District budget (both federal and local funds).This Charter Amendment, if ratified, enacted, and upheld, would permit the Council to adopt the annual local budget for the District of Columbia government; would permit the District to spend local funds in accordance with each Council approved budget act; and would permit the Council to establish the District's fiscal year. (Source: DC Board of Elections, Memorandum Opinion and Order, 1/9/13)
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The League of Women Voters provides the following information to help you decide whether to vote YES or NO on Charter Amendment 8.
Under the provisions of this amendment, Congress retains the right to review and modify the DC budget. Charter Amendment 8 simply sets a reasonable time limit for making changes: 30 legislative days. After 30 legislative days, if no action is taken by Congress, the DC budget would be allowed to go into effect. In recent years, even though Congress has not made changes to the DC Budget, DC government officials still must wait for Congressional action before the DC budget becomes official. This uncertainty causes inefficiencies and hardships.
Vote "YES" if you believe proposed Charter Amendment 8 to the District of Columbia Home Rule Act will bring greater certainty, control and efficiency to DC's budgeting and financial processes.
Vote "YES" if you think DC should be able to start its fiscal year in July so that the Public Schools will know their budget and can be ready for school opening in the fall. Source: DC Fiscal Policy Institute dcfpi.org
Vote "YES" if you believe that Charter Amendment 8 is a significant step for the District, and would move DC residents closer toward full citizenship. Source: DCVote.org
Vote "NO" if you believe this Charter Amendment violates the Home Rule Act by depriving federal entities, including the Congress and the President, of their roles in the District's budget process. Source: Testimony of the Attorney General before the Board of Elections 1/7/2013. DCBOEE.org
Vote "NO" if you agree that the Charter Amendment may adversely affect or jeopardize Congressional approval of other proposed D.C. budget autonomy plans that are being considered by Congress.
Vote "NO" if you believe this Charter Amendment violates the Anti-Deficiency Act. Source: Wayne Witkowski & Leonard Becker. The Washington Post, October 28, 2012 p. C4.
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