Council Budget Engagement Set to Begin
Next week, the
Council will receive a draft budget from the Mayor and begin
holding Budget Oversight Hearings. For obvious reasons, this budget
process will not be like other years. Council committees are each taking
written testimony as well as allowing residents to call a phone
line and leave testimony, which will be transcribed and included in
the official record. Additionally, there will be limited
opportunities to testify before committee hearings held via videoconference.
the Council website for the full schedule of hearings
and additional details for each committee.
Committee on Business and Economic Development, chaired by
Councilmember McDuffie, will receive input from the public through
- Call the testimony
- When prompted,
ready your testimony (speak slowly and clearly).
- You may provide up
to three minutes of testimony.
- Your testimony
will be transcribed and made a part of the record.
- At the beginning
of the message please state your name, spell your name, the
agency you are testifying on, provide the name of the
organization you are representing (if any), and then begin
- Live testimony via videoconference at hearing on
Thursday, May 14:
- The hearing will
take place via Zoom on Thursday, May 14 from 9:00 am to Noon.
As with all Council hearings, it will be streamed live on the
Council website and broadcast on DC cable channel 13.
- Complete the witness
form to indicate you are interested in signing up to testify.
- The witness list will
open on Monday, May 11, 2020, at 10:00 am and close on May
13, 2020, at 5:00 pm.
- Participation is
limited; witnesses accepted on a first-come, first-served
- The Committee will
confirm if you have a live testimony slot and a window for
when you should expect to testify.
- At the beginning
of your testimony, please state your name, the agency you are
testifying on, and provide the name of the organization you
are representing (if any).
- The hearing record will close at 5:00 pm on June 3,
Small Business Spotlight: Creative Grounds
Creative Grounds (1822 North
Capitol Street, NW) is a more than a coffeeshop, it's a community
gathering place that had already gained a strong following after
opening in the last year at North Capital Street and Seaton Pl NW.
They are open during the public health emergency for low-contact
coffee and we encourage you to support them. Find them online here:
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