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Ms. Cheh said she will not introduce her amendment if Mr. Evans‘ is successful.

In a memo to Mr. Brown’s office, Mr. Evans noted he does not support an income tax or the bonds tax.

“In short, as of today, District residents have the largest selection of tax-free bonds of residents of any state, since they can buy bonds with tax-free interest from any jurisdiction,” he said. “If the new tax is not repealed, District residents will have the smallest selection.”

Mr. Evans, confident that revenue projections will rise, also noted that the proposed bonds tax would have a sunset provision in the version put forth by Mr. Brown that “would have automatically repealed the law in the next month or two when our new revenue estimate came in, before the law would have ever taken effect.”

“The amendment our colleagues supported, however, ensures that the municipal bond tax in fact will become law if the action I propose is not taken on second reading,” said Mr. Evans, Ward 2 Democrat.

Vincent B. Orange, who returned to the council in a special election in April, played a decisive role in passing the amendment that caused Mr. Evans such chagrin.

While Mr. Orange did not support an income tax, the at-large Democrat provided Mr. Wells‘ voting bloc the deciding vote on the bonds tax in exchange for $500,000 for Emancipation Day festivities and $500,000 for the Lincoln Theatre as part of the amendment package.

Whether the deal holds or not remains to be seen.

“I’m sure there are people that are working on it,” Mr. Orange said.

Mr. Orange said he suggested the elimination of tax-exempt status on out-of-state bonds on the campaign trail. He also introduced a bill that requires the District’s chief financial officer to examine investment opportunities for D.C. residents and market its bonds, so neighboring areas like Prince George’s County do not “take business out of the city.”