PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA... During its January 9, 2018 meeting, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors strongly objected to Governor McAuliffe's plan to redirect monies from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) to fund Metro, in a resolution stating the Board's position.
"The Governor raised taxes on Northern Virginia residents to fund road construction that the Commonwealth was not able to manage," said Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. "Now he is reneging on that plan and asking Prince William taxpayers to subsidize the failing Metro system when we do not even have Metro in our community."
"The Commonwealth is responsible for road infrastructure. They consistently study projects without offering viable solutions," Stewart further noted. "We have real needs with commuter travel from Prince William County, particularly along I-66 and Route 28. Now they want to abdicate their responsibility to the residents of Prince William County. This is a bait-and-switch where we were promised more revenue to manage our road construction needs, and now that they got their special tax increase on Northern Virginia localities, they are changing how those monies will be used."
NVTA Chairman and Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe introduced the resolution noting that taking money away from NVTA will devastate our road construction program. "This hurts jurisdictions like Prince William County the most because we do not have a Metro station. We are losing out on money for our necessary road improvements and receive no direct community benefits." Nohe also pointed out that "NVTA was established to make decisions on how to use the tax revenues generated because the State recognized its inability to manage the growing Northern Virginia transportation needs. If the state wants to add funding to Metro, this is not the mechanism to do that."