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Your Turn: You Come Up with Transportation Funding

Fairfax County is asking residents to weigh in with a survey.

Fairfax County faces an and officials are now seeking ways to raise funds.

From now until fiscal year 2021, the county has $8.1 billion in needs but anticipates only $5.1 billion in revenues, Fairfax County Department of Transportation Director Tom Biesiadny said. Funding from the state or federal governments is unlikely to come through.

Fairfax County is asking residents to complete a survey so officials can learn how to fund these transportation improvements.

There are 20 options to fund transportation improvements, including the following:

  • Income Tax
  • Sales Tax
  • Meals Tax
  • Gas Tax (cents per gallon or a percentage of sales price)
  • Real Estate Tax
  • Hotel Tax
  • Regional Vehicle Registration Fee
  • Initial Registration Fee on New and Newly Located Vehicles
  • Real Estate Transfer Tax
  • Vehicle Repair Sales Tax on Labor
  • Safety Inspection Fee
  • Personal Property Tax
  • Vehicle Miles Traveled Fee
  • Commercial Parking Fee
  • Developer Contributions
  • Tolls
  • Sales Tax on Services
  • Increased Commercial and Industrial Tax Rate
  • Make fewer transportation improvements rather than adding new sources of revenue

Residents have until 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 to complete the survey. To take the survey, click here.

Patch wants to know: How would you fund transportation improvements in the county? Tell us in the comments section below.

Keary Kincannon September 28, 2012 at 01:09 PM
No to toll roads please. This especially hurts low-income families more who must travel to get to work. A hotel tax to get the many millions of visitors to our area to pay their share of road improvements is an idea I favor.
Ed Hart September 28, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Yes, thank you. Silly me. but they do seem interchangeable in retrospect..
Sally Spangler September 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
That's an easy answer. The same one my house belongs to - the County decided it needed more money so instead of deletion because of age and use - your car is worth more simply because the County wants to gouge more money out of all of us. My 43 year old home is worth more money than it ever has!!!!! Maybe we should be happy that we can all afford(?) to pay the County for their "forward thinking" hahaha! grimace.
Sally Spangler September 28, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Keary - use side streets to get where you are going. I've been doing it for years. May take a bit longer, but I'm not paying luxury tax to use the multi-lane highways that are crowded most of the time these days.
Sally Spangler October 04, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Funding new roads? How about all the out of state cars that belong, obviously to people/families living in Fairfax County, but pay NO COUNTY TAXES! It used to be that every fall the police were parked in front of Gunston Elementary School and checked tags, driver's licenses, and driver IDs. NO Virginia information proving the car and driver were actually living in Fairfax County meant a fine and the driver needed to IMMEDIATELY to get his car registered in Virginia along with tags reflecting the car as domiciled in Fairfax County. The only way you got out of it was to be a short term visitor or a military person of short term residence. Maybe we should go back to that? Wonder how much more money would be raised with just that increase of cars properly tagged and licensed. The Driver would also be a registered home owner/renter in Virginia and Fairfax County - also a registered tax payer for County and State residence!

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