Patterson, D-Ward 3, the chairman of the council's education committee, said her proposal would still include delaying a planned income tax cut, which would raise the bulk of money - more than $640 million - over the next 10 years.The Times has an editorial up on Patterson's proposals.
Patterson's legislation, which was introduced two weeks ago and amended a bill introduced by mayoral candidate Adrian Fenty, D-Ward 1, drew sharp criticism from the city's hotel and tourism industries, which said they were being unfairly targeted.
Patterson met with business and school leaders Tuesday and decided a "modest increase" in the commercial real estate tax was an adequate compromise. A Patterson spokesman said the council member had yet to decide on the extent of the increase.
Monday, October 31, 2005
Patterson revises tax plan
DC Councilwoman Kathleen Patterson has revised her plan to pay for capital improvements to DCPS facilities: an across the board business tax hike.