Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is soliciting input on budget priorities for Ward 5. Complete the budget survey available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OurWard5FY2023 by February 18, 2022.
Hard copies of the survey are available at Woodridge Library (1801 Hamlin Street NE). The survey requests input on priorities in several categories such as housing, transportation, senior services, and public safety. At the end of the survey, there is space to include other items not listed elsewhere in the survey. Here, it is useful to include support for any request (e.g., cost, a study that recommends implementing the requested action, number of residents likely impacted, etc.). For example, there are many items in the neighborhood’s area development plan that still need to be implemented. It is always a good idea to consistently request implementation of these items every year given that the plan is a consensus document developed from the input of residents, District agencies, large property owners, and other stakeholders.
The survey instructions include a handy link to a bunch of resources from the DC Council Budget Office. Currently, the mayor is expected to send her proposed budget to the Council on March 16, 2022, and the Council will hold budget hearings after that. See budget hearing schedule here.
It’s worth participating in the budget process to ask for things for the neighborhood. If we don’t ask, we don’t get.