Great Idea Chairman York.
In a work session last week Chairman Scott K. York made a great point, and I would like to thank him for it. He told his fellow Board members that, “Rt. 28 barely got built, and the only reason it got built is because the landowners came together and said they would fund 75 percent of it.” Bravo Chairman York!
Here’s how it worked. In 1987, the Virginia General Assembly gave localities the go-ahead to create special tax districts to finance transportation improvements. Fairfax and Loudoun Counties quickly teamed up with Route 28 landowners to form the first transportation improvement district in the Commonwealth. Funding for this project was largely provided by the district’s tax revenues.
This how Metro should be financed if it comes into Loudoun at all. The current funding deal is simply not structured this way. As structured now it places the cost burden on the individual taxpayer, not the businesses who stand to profit the most.
I ask the Chairman to lead our Board of self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives to vote 9-0 to Opt Out and allow the Dulles Rail project to connect to the Dulles Airport. If MWAA choses to work with the property owners who have expressed a desire to move this forward, let them do so, but please do not hand over a blank check to be paid for with our taxes.
[Editor's note: The Loudoun Board of Supervisors is considering two types of tax districts, possibly in combination, to pay for rail construction. Patch will have a story about the May 22 meeting on the that topic soon.]