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Several last-second changes were introduced at the budget vote, including a shake-up of how the council would spend the additional revenue that's expected to come in later this summer. The council will no longer spend the funds first on hiring additional police officers. That upset Council member Phil Mendelson, who voted against the budget.

Throughout the afternoon, the council has also taken up some specific measures, including passing an indoor smoking exception for a specific event.

Members also rejected a proposal by Council member Jack Evans to create a tax exemption for Pepco under the new combined reporting requirement.

The council is facing a $322 million budget deficit. To make up some of the shortfall, the council passed a budget on May 25 that would tax out-of-state municipal bonds. There was a strong push to roll back the tax, but it failed, and the bonds tax will stay in the budget.

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