Code of the District of Columbia

§ 1–325.401. Dedicated funding for WMATA.

*NOTE: This section has been amended by emergency legislation with identical permanent legislation that will become effective in December, 2021.*

(a) There is established as a special fund the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Dedicated Financing Fund ("Fund"), which shall be administered by the Mayor in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.

(b) There shall be deposited into the Fund general retail sales tax revenue collected pursuant to Chapter 20 of Title 47 as follows:

(1) In Fiscal Year 2019 -- $178.5 million;

(2) In Fiscal Year 2020 -- $178.5 million; and

(3) In Fiscal Year 2021, and each successive year, $178.5 million.

(b-1) Notwithstanding subsection (b)(3) of this section, the District may reduce its dedicated funding payment to WMATA if Maryland or Virginia reduces its dedicated funding payment below the amount required in its dedicated funding agreement with WMATA; provided, that the District's reduction shall not be greater in proportion than the proportion by which Maryland or the proportion by which Virginia, whichever is greater, reduces its payment.

(c)(1) Money in the Fund in Fiscal Year 2019 shall be used as a source of funding to make the District's payment to WMATA through agency KE0 as shown in the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Financial Plan.

(2) Pursuant to a grant agreement between the District and WMATA, and subject to subsection (d) of this section, starting in Fiscal Year 2020, money in the Fund shall be distributed to WMATA by the Mayor as a grant for the purposes of WMATA capital improvements, including payment on borrowings for such capital improvements.

(d)(1) The money deposited into the Fund shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time.

(2) Subject to authorization in an approved budget and financial plan, any funds appropriated in the Fund shall be continually available without regard to fiscal year limitation.