[Mintwood-place] Graham Works for $8.5 Milli on – Bruce Monroe Interim Use and DC Small Busi ness Relief
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Thanks for your hard work on these matters and for hammering out a deal for the streetcars. And, although it didn't pass, thanks for your principled support of SaveOurSafety Net's push for higher taxes on the wealthiest DC residents to head off drastic cuts to critical safety-net programs for DC's most vulnerable.
Lastly, thanks for not donning an SOS superhero cape (or tights). While residents may have been divided over the prospect of higher taxes for some, it's pretty safe to say none of us wanted to see that!
From: Jim Graham <grahamwone at gmail.com>
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Sent: Wed, May 26, 2010 4:47 pm
Subject: [Mintwood-place] Graham Works for $8.5 Milli on – Bruce Monroe Interim Use and DC Small Busi ness Relief
I wanted to tell you immediately some of what we got in the budget.
I worked with Chairman Gray to put $1.5 million in to transform the old Bruce-Monroe site into the community use we need. The Mayor’s office said there was only $500,000 in the budget. That was not enough for the basketball courts, night-time lights, fencing, tennis court, programming and other beautification items. The stakeholders challenged me to find more. We did.
There will also be $7 million for D.C. small businesses hurt by the streetscape projects. This money will be placed in a fund for the sole purpose of providing tax relief for our small businesses. Earlier this year, several Col. Heights businesses showed me photos of the obstacles – diggers, brick piles, sand and all manner of debris – stopping their customers at the door. They also shared some of their financial books, all of which spurred me to act. We will be developing the process itself in the next few weeks. But we had to get the budget funding in place.
Councilmember Jim Graham
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Jim Graham, Councilmember, Ward One, 1350 Pa. Ave., NW, #105, Washington, DC 20004. 202-724-8181; 202-724-8109 (fax).
Chairman, Committee on Public Works and the Environment (including alcohol regulation). Main Committee Number: 202-724-8195. 1350 Pa. Ave., NW, #116, Washington, DC 20004.
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