WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia expects a $65.2 million drop in revenues for fiscal 2009, reflecting the national economic downturn, but its problems are meager compared with other cities and states, chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi said yesterday.

In a letter containing a revised fiscal outlook that was sent to Mayor Adrian Fenty and District Council members, Gandhi said fiscal 2009 revenues are estimated to be $5.4 billion less than the figure projected in December. However, fiscal 2008 revenue was revised up to $5.2 million, a $4.2 million increase over December's estimate, he said. Washington, D.C.'s overall budget is $7.5 billion, making the $65.2 million revenue drop seem small.

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