Friday, July 19, 2013

Zimmerman Will Pay for Pike Streetcar with Regressive Taxes

Hello, Yupette,

Latest from Chris Zimmerman and the County Board Majority is the Pike streetcar proponents will pay for the streetcar system through regressive taxation, the commercial real estate tax surcharge (costs to commercial tenants will be passed on to consumers) and the new sales taxes recently approved by the General Assembly. First $12 million of sales tax revenue dedicated for Pike streetcar infrastructure costs is scheduled to be approved by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority on July 24th. The NVTA meeting will be held at the Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong Street, in the City of Fairfax. Meeting begins at 5:30 PM.

Given the level of mismanagement and outright fraud being committed by Arlington County Government related to transportation improvements on the Pike it's increasingly unlikely the Federal Transit Administration will agree to fund infrastructure related to the Pike streetcar.

See you in Fairfax on July 24th.