DC Council overrides mayor's veto of budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council has delivered a final blow to some of outgoing Mayor Vincent Gray's priorities by overriding his veto of the city's $10.6 billion budget.

The council voted 12-1 on Monday to override the veto. Gray opposed the budget because it reduces funding for the city's new streetcar system and imposes sales taxes on yoga classes and gym memberships, among other reasons.

Among those voting to override the budget were the two councilmembers vying to replace Gray, Democrat Muriel Bowser and independent David Catania. Bowser defeated Gray in the April Democratic primary.

Councilmember Marion Barry says the District shouldn't spend another dollar on what he calls a "streetcar to nowhere." He says taxpayers will be paying $2,000 to subsidize each ride on the streetcar line.

Mayor Gray issued the following statement:

"As I said in my veto statement, I could not, in good conscience, sign a budget that hurts seniors, taxes wellness, dramatically delays and drives up the cost of the D.C. Streetcar system, and ties the hands of future Mayors to respond to fiscal problems," said Mayor Gray. "I am disappointed that the Council did not see fit to work with me to craft a reasonable compromise that serves the best interest of District residents."

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