D.C. Property Tax Drought May Be Ending

President Bush proposes an evaluation of federal land holdings in the District.

The biggest land owner in Washington may be looking to turn over some of its holdings to the city. The federal government owns 42% of the District's land, and President Bush is proposing a series of land transfers that would increase the city's taxable property significantly. "This commitment has tremendous potential for us as we continue to expand neighborhood development," said D.C. mayor, Anthony Williams (D). "It is an historic opportunity to reevaluate and rationalize the use of federal land so that it better serves District residents." City officials have complained for year that between the federal government and non-profits, most of the city's land is untaxable. Some criticize the plan as an easy way for the President to justify cuts in funding of crucial city environmental improvement projects.

Thanks to Peter Buryk

Full Story: Federal Land Could Be Shifted to D.C. Control

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Red necktie with map of Boston

For dads and grads: tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.
$55.00
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95