WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia Council on Tuesday approved savings measures to increase reserve funds and reduce borrowing needs in an attempt to offset the drop in the district’s capital cushion resulting from the economic recession.

Democratic Council chairman Vincent C. Gray, who is running for mayor, included language in the district’s fiscal 2010 and 2011 Budget Support Acts to increase reserve funds and establish a ratio of two months of working capital to operating funds, the level recommended by the Government Finance Officers Association. The district’s budget support acts are the final, legal amendments to the fiscal 2011 Budget Request Act that was approved last month.

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