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Found money

D.C. officials say the city ended the last fiscal year with a surplus of $240 million, a whopping sum that makes us wonder if slugger Albert Pujols transferred all his guaranteed money from Anaheim to the District’s piggy bank.

So where did all that moolah come from? Well, there’s the usual commercial property taxes in the “hot” D.C. market — blah, blah — but here’s the most interesting source: rich dead people.

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer says about 14 percent of the surplus is attributable to estate taxes from more than 450 filings. The tax saw a huge jump in one year, from $39 million in fiscal year 2010 to $87.2 million in fiscal year 2011.

Now the District faces the enviable task of figuring out what to do with the money. Some say tax relief is in order, while others want to shore up the city’s safety net or stow it away to impress Wall Street.

Or, they could blow it on five or so beers at Verizon Center.

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