Proposed bill could mean tax breaks for DC police, first responders

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WASHINGTON --  Ward 7 Councilman Vincent Gray says the number of DC police officers that live in the District is lower than it has ever been, and the stats for firefighters are not much better.

“Only 17 percent of our police officers actually live in the District, and maybe 26 or 27 percent of our fire fighters live in the city,” Gray explained.

He proposed a bill that if passed, will exempt first responders from paying income taxes if they work and live in the District.

“If we can reduce their taxes, they could pick up another 5 or 6 thousand dollars a year,” said the bill’s sponsor.

Gray said he hopes giving first responders an incentive will not only create a safer place, but also help bridge the gap between police officers, first responders and the communities they serve.