Sylvia's Liquor failed to comply with a January 11, ABC board order clarifying that the store should install security cameras facing both east and west along Benning Rd. NE immediately. After receiving a complaint from LCA about the more than 60-day lapse, investigators visited the store on March 26. ABRA investigators verified that the cameras had not been installed, but issued an additional warning rather than a fine. Investigators are scheduled to return to the store by April 15 to ensure that cameras are properly installed or a case will be presented to the ABC Board.
The mayor is scheduled to publish her budget on March 20, which triggers a series of budget oversight hearings at the Council. During each hearing, the agency's proposed budget is examined. The public is invited to testify at those hearings, and I strongly encourage residents to do so. You can view the full list of budget oversight hearings on the Council's website, and I look forward to seeing Ward 5 residents out in force.
The District of Columbia offers eligible property owners a number of tax relief programs that can lower their tax bill.
Property owners may qualify for programs such as:
The Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC) Residential Relief Program provides relief for income-eligible DC Water customers.
The CRIAC Residential Relief Program consists of three levels of relief:
Customer Assistance Program (CAP) provides eligible DC Water customers a discount on the first 400 cubic feet (3,000 gallons) of water and sewer services used each month. Eligible households will receive an additional fifty percent (50%) reduction in the monthly CRIAC and a Water Service Replacement Fee waiver. The annual discount is approximately $760. Customer Assistance Program II (CAP2) provides eligible DC Water customers a discount on the first 300 cubic feet (2,250 gallons) of water and sewer services used each month (with the exception of PILOT and ROW fees) and 50% reduction in the monthly CRIAC. The annual discount is approximately $520.
Customer Assistance Program III (CAP3) provides eligible DC Water customers with a discount of 75% off of the monthly CRIAC. The average annual discount is approximately $210.
The table below provides the dollar figures for each program’s income limits by household size:
CAP Income Limit CAP 2 Income Limit CAP 3 Income Limit
Size 60% of SMI 80% of AMI 100% AMI
1 $30,918 $65,650 $82,050
2 $40,431 $75,000 $93,750
3 $49,944 $84,400 $105,500
4 $59,457 $93,750 $117,200
5 $68,970 $101,250 $117,200*
6 $78,483 $108,750 $117,200*
7 $80,267 $116,250 $117,200*
8 $82,051 $117,200* $117,200*
*Figures are capped based on language from the Budget Support Act.
During the first ANC 5D safety walk of 2019, more than 100 neighbors, activists, and faith leaders gathered for a march along Benning Rd. NE to call for an end to gun violence in our community. Family members, ANC commissioners, pastors, and other leaders spoke to those gathered about the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to ending gun violence and the importance of community involvement.
Friends and family members of victims spoke about the pain caused by senseless violence. Neighbor joined in prayer and shared hugs. "It was good to just get it out. You know, the sadness and it was good to see that people cared," said one neighbor who lost her brother to gun violence late last year.
This won't be the last march held in ANCs 5D04 & 5D05. Commissioners Moore and Blacknell are planning to host a series of anti-violence summits and town hall forums, to inform the community about the new, approach being taken to address our community's ongoing challenges with violent crime. The commissioners will be working with the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, violence interrupters from the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Behavioral Health, MPD and the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety to address the root problems that cause continued violence on our streets in the weeks and months to come.