Posted by Elissa Silverman on April 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM
Budget season is in full swing! Agencies are appearing before the Council for the next few weeks as we make decisions about how to spend your tax dollars. Community meetings I’ve attended throughout budget season have brought timely conversations with District neighbors across the city about what my Council colleagues and I should be putting residents’ taxpayer dollars toward. I’ve visited at least one community meeting every week over the last couple months, and have been continually reminded of why I ran for office: to bring more transparency and accountability to the District’s budgeting and policymaking process.
Thank you to each of the residents that have attended meetings and asked questions, written in with their advocacy, called to voice concerns or support, and even showed up in-person at my office. These efforts are invaluable to me as a legislator and—in hopes of inspiring more people to do the same—I’ll be highlighting a neighbor’s efforts that stand out every month!
So for this week’s Neighbor(ly) News: Thanks to Ward 4 resident Eric Atilano for organizing last week’s #KidsLobbyDay at the Wilson Building! I met Eric at March’s ANC 4B meeting, and he followed up with my office about providing more opportunities for some of our youngest residents to be exposed to the legislative process at an early age. I heard from both kids and parents on the need for funding for a variety of issues—from full NEAR Act funding to school modernization. I had a lot to think about afterward and am looking forward to the next one.Read more