WASHINGTON — District of Columbia officials are seeking authority to issue revenue bonds that would be backed by individual income and business-franchise taxes in an attempt to achieve higher bond ratings and a lower cost of borrowing.

Natwar Gandhi, the city's chief financial officer, announced yesterday that District Council member Jack Evans hasintroduced legislation, at his request, that would allow the district to issue income tax bonds as an alternative to general obligation bonds, which are backed by real property taxes.

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