Federal credit unions are not subject to the District of Columbia's new "public safety" fee, which became effective June 14 to help balance the district's fiscal 1994 budget, according to a legal opinion by the National Credit Union Administration.

The district council is set to take a preliminary vote today to make the one-time fee permanent to finance debt service on a proposed $200 million sports arena. The fee applies to gross receipts of businesses, including nonprofits, and is projected to raise $34 million in revenue in fiscal 1994, which ends Sept. 30. The legislation to make the fee permanent would exclude nonprofits.

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