REAL Advocacy for REALTORS®
Message from DCAR Government Affairs

DCAR Supports Taking Control of Your Local Tax Dollars

Wondering why you've been seeing "Free DC's Budget" signs all over the city? In the District's April 23 Special Election, residents can VOTE YES on Referendum 8 to amend the Home Rule Charter Act to FREE DC'S LOCAL BUDGET from the hands of Congress.


Currently, DC government can't spend local tax revenues without approval through the laborious Congressional appropriations process. Home Rule Amendment 8 would empower the DC Council and Mayor to enact a budget, and allow the District government to spend funds after a 30-day Congressional review. This is a significant step towards full citizenship rights for DC residents.


DCAR signed onto a letter last fall advocating legislation to put the Amendment before DC voters. The referendum legislation unanimously passed the Council and was placed on the April 23 Special Election ballot.


DCAR-supported organization DC Vote is now leading a campaign to secure budget autonomy and create momentum for the issue on Capitol Hill. Their "Budget Freedom Happy Hours" are a great way to network and learn all about the organization's efforts.  


The District needs to enact a local budget on our own schedule and have control over our own locally-raised taxes just like every other jurisdiction in the country. Join your State REALTOR® organization DCAR in VOTING YES on REFERENDUM 8 and demand autonomy for DC!


Find your polling place here.



Speaker Series


Join us at the next DCAR Speaker Series as we feature Jack Evans, DC Councilmember for Ward 2. Jack serves as Chair of the Council's Committee on Finance and Revenue, which oversees the District's finances and tax policy. He also serves on two standing Council committees - Economic Development and Public Safety and the Judiciary.  


Thursday, April 11, 2013

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  

NAR Building

Second Floor Conference Room
Washington, DC  

DCAR Members: $10; Non-Members: $50  

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