Loudoun Supervisors Push for NVTA Funding Fix

County supervisors and regional elected representatives are gearing up once again to press their case to restore transportation funding from the state.

In 2018, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, a major planner and funder of regional projects, saw a chunk of it diverted by the General Assembly to instead support Metro. The NVTA is expected to lose out on more than $100 million per year, affecting projects in Loudoun that were scheduled to get some of that money.

Last year, a bill to establish new fees and taxes in the Interstate 81 corridor to fund improvements on the highway also included a provision that would distribute some of that revenue—estimated at $20 million a year—to the NVTA. But the region is still coming up short on the local transportation funding that the NVTA was created to collect and allocate.

Supervisors at their meeting Oct. 2 authorized County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) to sign on to a letter from the elected heads of Northern Virginia localities calling on Gov. Ralph Northam and the General Assembly to restore all funding to the NVTA, using state money.

“We urge you to restore the remaining $82 million in the budget by considering substantial use of state-wide funding sources that would limit additional burden on Northern Virginia taxpayers already paying for extensive transportation projects, including WMATA, in the region,” the letter reads. “This money is critical to ensuring that the region can address critical transportation challenges needed to support economic expansion and growth.”

Randall, the current vice chairwoman of the authority, said her own statements would be much stronger.

However, supervisors also acknowledged at their meeting that it is unlikely the state will pick up the burden of regional transportation funding—a state responsibility. Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) said the region’s leaders and lobbyists should also be working toward the best compromise on solutions.

“The reality is, what was on the table in the General Assembly session last year, which was the hotel tax, was not that bad for us, and our industry didn’t really object to that, as opposed to some other type of tax which wouldpotentially be more onerous for us,” Letourneau said. “I’m all for that pressure to begin with … but I have a feeling that’s probably not where it’s going to end up.”

Randall agreed, and said she’d be pushing for options that don’t levy yet more taxes on people living in the region.

“If funds are to be returned to NVTA at all, really the biggest discussion is, will those funds be from Northern Virginia taxpayers again?” Randall said. “So, all those other types of funding mechanisms are not being discussed at this time.”

Members of the General Assembly—whomever they are after November’s election that includes all 140 seats—must submit requests to draft bills by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 to meet the prefiling deadline. The 2020 session is expected to convene on Jan. 8, 2020 and adjourn March 7.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

3 thoughts on “Loudoun Supervisors Push for NVTA Funding Fix

  • 2019-10-10 at 10:53 am
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    A perfect opportunity to remind Loudoun taxpayers of this outright fraud: Every single one of Loudoun’s democrat general assembly members vote along with Gov. Blackface/KKK/Infanticide guy to steal tax money out of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority account.

    This money is collected from an extra special tax Loudoun taxpayers pay to fund road projects in Northern Virginia. Loudoun democrats and their hood wearing Governor steal this money and give it to the disaster known as Metro. Then, when they get caught, they offer to raise taxes again on Loudoun taxpayers to make up for it! And here we are again: “Hey, let’s raise taxes on Loudoun homeowners…” Again! Wash. Rinse. Repeat. All to cover up for the theft and fraud they committed on us.

    These people don’t care about us. They only care about their political party and complete power.

    Every Loudoun voter should be holding these thieves accountable. Chair Randall needs to explain why she wasn’t kicking down doors and standing on desks to restore our special tax money to us. If she ever put the interests of Loudoun above that of her Party, she should have been escorted out of the Governor’s mansion by the vile man who sits in it. That’d have made some press. But. No… She took it like a good party member does. Disgraceful.

  • 2019-10-10 at 11:08 am
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    Chris Manthos, Good start but don’t stop there in challenging this obvious pre-election PR stunt. The State already takes away from Loudoun well over $200 million per year (via the composite index) which is due to be returned to Loudoun out of sales taxes to support schools. If VDOT was properly funded . and followed their own published standards for provisioning and maintaining roads we wouldn’t have such infrastructure issues in what is touted as one of the wealthiest communities in America. 🙂

  • 2019-10-11 at 12:06 pm
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    Who currently controls both VA chambers? It’s not the Democrats.

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