Resident relocation fund, rat sanctuary included in spoof budget proposal

Ward 3 Councilwoman Mary Cheh released a set of joke budget items in a memo Monday. Hatchet File Photo

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh has a few ideas for the city’s budget before it sees a vote Tuesday.

Among Cheh’s proposals, released in a spoof memo Monday, is a $12 million rat sanctuary, named after herself, that would allow rodents to “live together in peace and without fear of being exterminated.”

She also called for a tracking system that would force individuals to wear “District-loyalty” ankle bracelets and a resident relocation fund that would subsidize disgruntled residents’ moves outside the city.

The council member floated ideas like adding Starbucks to government buildings in a similar spoof memo in 2010.

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