The July 4 letter to Washington, "Salute to America," has used up the city's funds used to protect itself from terrorist threats at major events, according to a letter to President Donald Trump.
Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the Statistics Division, said the president's ceremony, hailed for its emphasis on the greatness of the nation and respect for the military, had cost the city fund $ 1.7 million. . She also pointed out that the city had not received any funds for $ 7.3 million spent at the inauguration of 2017.
Bowser, a Democrat, said the city would have a $ 6 million deficit by September without these repayments. The letter was leaked to the media on Tuesday. We did not know if the deficit meant that there would be no more protection or if the city would incur a deficit expenditure while asking for a refund from the federal government.
The Emergency Planning and Security Fund covers public safety during events and provides support to secret services. The deficit was reported to Bowser by the district's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, which said the costs of the July 4th celebration were six times higher than those of previous years. No detailed information has been provided on why the costs have exceeded past celebrations.
The Mayor and the City Council of Washington, DC, set local taxes and a budget, which must be approved by Congress. The municipal government has already been criticized for its waste and mismanagement of funds. The large number of tax-exempt properties creates an annual structural deficit of up to $ 1 billion. Congress usually adds credits to the city budget to cover certain positions.