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Mayor's Proposed FY 2008 Budget
March 23, 2007
Government of the District of Columbia
Adrian M. Fenty
- The proposed FY08 budget increases
the per-student foundation level from $8,002 to $8,322.
- In FY07, DCPS received General
Education formula funds for 55,558 students. Actual current enrollment is only 52,191
- The proposed FY08 budget projects a
loss in DCPS enrollment of 3,033 students, which equals the average annual
enrollment change for the past 3 years. Savings from this change total
- In addition to the funds budgeted to
DCPS and DCPCS, $30.6 million will be set aside in a non-departmental State
Education Activity Fund to support state education functions that
would be transferred from DCPS to SEO under the Mayor's Education Reform legislation.
- D.C. Public Charter Schools:
- Enrollment is projected to increase by 15.4% to 22,329
- Total DCPCS proposed budget is
$320,365,704, an increase of 20% over FY07.
- SEO will begin a new SAT Prep pilot program in District
- D.C. Public Library: 12% increase over FY07 budget
- $1.2 million in new services for
children and teens including homework help, summer reading, and Youth Librarian
- $2.7 million in new investments in
computers and technology
- $2 million increase to maintain
facilities and update collections, plus continued commitment of over $165 million in capital
dollars over 6 years to modernize neighborhood libraries
- Metropolitan Police Department: $48
million increase over FY07
- Ramp-up to 300 additional officers
and civilianize 82 positions
- $3 million in technology upgrades to
interrogation rooms and SOCC
- Fully fund Forensics Lab technicians
and Consolidated Lab Facility
- Fire and Emergency Medical Services:
new funds focused on improving outcomes in medical emergencies
- $0.5 million for Base Command
Medical Officers stationed at 6 hospitals to improve drop times
- Additional resources to support
regular training and recertification
- $0.9 million increase to fire
- Department of Corrections:
- $4.8 million to upgrade technology
in jail facility
- $2.8 million to recruit new staff to
meet mandated ratios
Growth in the DOH budget is driven
by continued movement toward universal health coverage through increasing
enrollment in the safety net.
$600k increase in HIV surveillance
$500k increase to reduce infant
mortality through public outreach and home visits from family support workers
$200k increase in Health
Professional Loan Repayment program
Up to $7.4 million for Medicaid rate analysis and
provider payment increases
$600k increase in DOH and OIG for
Medicaid fraud detection
Budget increase will allow DMH to
meet settlement mandates while improving mental health services.
Reduce hospitalizations by expanding
CPEP to 72-hours
$4.3 million to expand mental health
services for families and youth, including assessments and mobile crisis response
- The budgets for CFSA and DYRS provide standing court cases by making key
- $4.9 million increase in adoption and
guardianship subsidies to fund 350 additional permanent placements.
- $8.6 million to support effective,
community-based services for court-involved youth.
- The new Department of Disability
Services (formerly MRDDA and RSA) includes an aggressive but realistic projection of
$10 million in increased federal reimbursements.
- $3 million in additional cash
assistance for families receiving TANF.
- $0.9 million to establish a new
Office of Disability Rights to ensure the accessibility of District facilities and services.
Infrastructure and Environment
- The budget adds $4.7 million in
Local funds to the Department of Parks and Recreation to restore summer programs and
invest in maintenance of facilities and fields, while funding a
$250 million six-year capital plan for recreation centers.
- Department of Environment adds $5.4 million in Local
funds to the LIHEAP program, while coordinating lead abatement and strengthening enforcement of environmental regulations.
- DMV will improve efficiency by
increasing the time between inspections and license renewals.
- The DDOT budget transitions to a
Unified Fund for transportation management and capital projects. A one-time infusion of
Local funds (and potentially additional revenues) will support
enhanced projects including commercial corridor streetscaping.
- DPW will initiate a $1.2 million
anti-litter campaign, and an increase of $1.1 million will support additional cleaning
of commercial corridors.
Housing and Economic Development
- DOES increases its budget for Youth
Employment by $3 million and will enroll over 11,000 participants in the summer
youth employment program.
- New Local funding of $0.5 million
will support a job training and placement center for re-entrants, and complements over $8
million in the Transitional Employment Program.
- The Office of Planning and Deputy
Mayor for Economic Development will spend $1.0 million to implement the
District's new Inclusionary Zoning policy and Comprehensive Plan.
- The new, independent Office of the
Tenant Advocate is supported with a budget of $1.6 million.
- The budget consolidates other rental
housing administrative functions within DHCD.
- The FY08 budget supports an immediate reform program for
both the procurement and human resources functions. Traditionally
starved for resources, focus, and investment, these agencies will
secure consistent funding through a client-financed cost recovery system.
District agencies will be assessed based on the level of service
- The Department of Human Resources is funded at $18.2
million, 24% more than the FY07 level. The proposed budget includes
new investments in developing a centrally-funded,
government-wide internship program.
- DHR will be funded based on a
per-FTE assessment on each client agency, capped at $1.5 million.
- The budget initially funds OCP at
the baseline level of $13.8 million, pending completion of an analysis of agency resource
- Agency procurement assessments will
be based on a percentage charge on gross contracting volume, similar to the GSA cost
- Total fixed cost spending is
estimated over $335 million, an increase of 13.5% over FY07.
- The FY08 budget will implement fixed
cost containment strategies, which include:
- A freeze on additional leased agency
space, resulting in a savings of $3.8 million.
- A reduction in the size of the
District's motor vehicle fleet.
- Disconnect over 2,000 low-use
- DDOE will identify energy reduction
opportunities for District occupied space.
- CapStat will monitor actual use of fixed cost commodities
- Fixed cost savings will be
re-invested in agencies.