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|Councilmember Kathy Patterson
Councilmember Sharon Ambrose
Councilmember David Catania
Councilmember Carol Schwartz
A PROPOSED. RESOLUTION IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
To declare the existence of an emergency, with respect to the need to strengthen financial and management controls to permit a fiscal year 1999 reprogramming of funds for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Management Control and Funding Emergency Declaration Resolution of 1998".
Sec. 2. (a) Although the Council, Mayor, and Financial Authority allocated $573,000 to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions ("ANCs") in the District's fiscal year 1999 budget, Congress eliminated the $573,000 allocation when it approved the District's budget.
(b) Congress also stated in the conference report accompanying the District's FY 99 appropriation bill that the District government could reprogram funds for ANCs, "so long as necessary management controls are enacted by the Council of the District of Columbia to assure that the funds are disbursed for previously reviewed and agreed upon purposes, consistent with the laws, rules, and regulations of the District of Columbia."
(c) Advisory Neighborhood Commissions are vital elected institutions created by the Home Rule Act to advise the Mayor and Council about neighborhood issues and concerns and to undertake neighborhood improvement projects.
(d) Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners elected in November 1998 will take office in January 1999 and need funding to carry out the duties prescribed in the Home Rule Act.
(e) It is necessary for the District government to act quickly to institute additional management and financial controls on ANCs to facilitate a fiscal year 1999 reprogramming so that ANC commissioners can fulfill the duties outlined in the Home Rule Act.
Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia determines that the circumstances enumerated in section 2 constitute emergency circumstances making it necessary that the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Management Control and Funding Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 be adopted after a single reading.
Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
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