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Fairfax County asks state for money from VDOT audit

Anita Kumar

Virginia's largest county wants a little bit of the state's newly "discovered" transportation money.

Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, wrote a letter this week to Virginia Transportation Sean Connaughton outlining nearly $350-million worth of projects the county would like to pay for with money from the state.

Last month, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced that he will spend almost $1.5 billion on transportation improvements over the next six years after a new audit of the Virginia Department of Transportation found that hundreds of millions of dollars have been sitting unspent in various accounts for several years. The bulk of the money came from construction and maintenance accounts or federal money that was never allocated to any projects.

Fairfax officials are asking the state to help pay for both maintenance and construction projects. "Increased roadway and transit capacity is essential to maintain and strengthen Virginia's economy,'' Bulova (D) wrote.

Buolva sent a list of 17 potential projects, including Route 7 widening, I-66 Vienna ramp and pedestrain connections related to I-495 HOT lanes. See the letter and list.

By Anita Kumar  | October 21, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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Tax Gasoline to pay for roads and infrastructure: Vehicles that use the roads create the need and cause the damage. More miles driven equals more maintenance needed. Gasoline is the only thing that should be taxed to pay for roads. Virginia currently has one of the lowest gasoline taxes in the nation. Either tax it, or live without well maintained roads and infrastructure.

State Sales, Gasoline, Cigarette, and Alcohol Taxes

Use common sense and Tax products that create the needs and expense; otherwise communities should live without or elect someone that can do what is needed.

Posted by: Airborne82 | October 21, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Fairfax County would not need to ask for money if Sharon (tax queen) Bulova would not waste so much money on extravagant social programs.

Posted by: priveye | October 22, 2010 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Hey Airborne....gas is taxed enough....we don't need anymore damm taxes....

Priveye - State owns the roads...state should pay for them.

If the FED didnt take so much of our money to waste, perhaps our State and Local govenments would be able to better take care of things.

Posted by: 22819 | October 22, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

To 22819: if it takes a half cent state sales tax just for VDOT to have a construction budget (which has been the case for 20 years), then obviously gas isn't taxed enough.

Posted by: ajfroggie | October 25, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

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