Throughout the year, residents often share their thoughts with me about how the District should spend their tax dollars. The opportunity to impact these budgeting decisions is happening now. As my colleagues and I embark on crafting and approving the budget for the District, I want to invite you to take part in that process.
On Wednesday, February 13th at 6:30 p.m., I will host a Ward 5 Budget Engagement forum. The Council’s Budget Director will be on hand to provide an overview of the budget process. The meeting will be an opportunity for you to share your budget priorities with me and my staff.
In addition to the budget engagement forum, I encourage residents to testify or submit testimony at the Council’s performance oversight and budget oversight hearings. While I will be advocating for many of the priorities identified by Ward 5 residents, nothing is more powerful than direct, in-person advocacy.
Performance oversight hearings review the performance of District agencies over the past year and start next week, February 6, through March 1. The first week of performance oversight hearings include high-interest agencies like the Metropolitan Police Department
on Thursday, February 7 and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement
and the Department of Health
on Friday, February 8.
Budget oversight hearings review each agency’s budget for the upcoming year and take place starting March 25 through April 25. I invite you to view detailed information on how to participate
and make your voice and priorities heard.