WASHINGTON - A proposal to create the District of Columbia'a first special authority to issue tax-exempt revenue bonds is moving slowly toward reality, but district council members this week questioned the apparent open-endedness of a planned debt service reserve and other financing issues.

Council chairman David Clarke warned finance officials against letting the authority turn into a "mini-government" that could stash away money in debt service and other reserves and use it to fund projects not subject to council oversight.

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