Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Loudoun To Fight VA Plan For Roads in Court

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to challenge Virginia's new transportation plan, a decision that threatens to delay or even derail an agreement that promised to raise up to $400 million a year for road and transit improvements in Northern Virginia.

Loudoun officials argued that the law that created the transportation plan violates the state constitution by allowing an appointed panel of local officials called the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority to levy taxes and impose fees on area residents. The supervisors said state officials escaped the politically hard choice of raising taxes by pawning that responsibility off on a little-known body that cannot be held accountable at election time.

Source: Washington