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      D.C. budget: Council to vote on proposal

      WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia Council is preparing to vote on a budget proposal from Mayor Vincent Gray.

      The Council will meet Wednesday to vote on the budget after several weeks of hearings on the proposal. Council members will make revisions and adjustments to the proposed spending plan, and then take a final vote on June 14.

      Gray last month introduced a budget aimed at closing a $322 million shortfall with a combination of spending cuts and tax hikes. The $9.6 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 includes $127 million in tax increases, mostly on businesses, and fee hikes for assorted services.

      District officials are required by law to produce a balanced budget, which then must get congressional approval.