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The D.C. Council this evening finished their discussions on closing a $666 million budget hole through October 2010. It now falls to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray to craft a plan that works, based on what he heard in the conference room over the last three days. LL was not in the room today, for the most part, but based on conversations with numerous members and staff, this is what is likely to appear in Gray’s bill. On Friday, when the council takes up the bill, members will of course be free to amend this.

On the revenue side:

  • A sales tax hike from 5.75 percent to 6 percent—-deemed a surcharge that will expire after three years: $20.8 million
  • A gas tax hike from 20 cents a gallon to 23.5 cents a gallon (matching Maryland): $3.5 million
  • A 50-cent per-pack hike on cigarette taxes: $9.7 million
  • Delaying indexed increases to income tax standard deduction/personal exemption: $5.2 million
  • Raising D.C. government worker parking fee from $80 per month to $160 per month: $1.2 million
  • Various license and permit hikes: $5.1 million

Budget cuts, which total about $103 million over what Mayor Adrian M. Fenty had proposed. Here’s a few notable items:

  • No earmarks. Period. $8 million
  • Decrease police officers through attrition: $4.5 million
  • Freeze uniform per-student funding formula for public schools at FY09 levels: $13.4 million
  • Reduce summer school enrollment by 50 percent: $16.6 million
  • A limited summer jobs program: $20 million
  • Cut Access to Justice program, funding civil legal service to the indigent: $900,000
  • Reduce library spending on books and media: $846,000
  • Implement new TANF sanctions/incentives: $3.6 million (versus mayoral $6.1 million cut)
  • Reduce parks-and-rec spending on property management (grass-cutting, etc.): $4 million