SB 5007 Transportation funding for No. Va.; imposition of fees by localities for transportation projects.
Jeannemarie D. Davis | all patrons    ...    notes
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Summary as introduced:
Supplemental transportation funding for Northern Virginia.  Permits the localities that are members of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority to impose additional local fees to be used by the Authority for transportation projects in the localities. The additional local fees are: (i) a 0.5% motor vehicle sales and use tax; (ii) annual vehicle registration fees per axle as follows: $30 for passenger cars; $40 for pickup or panel trucks; $20 for trailers; $15 for motorcycles; $50 for trucks; and $12 for all other vehicles; (iii) an initial registration fee at the time the vehicle is first registered in the locality at the rate of 0.25% of the value of the vehicle at the time the vehicle is first registered in the locality by the owner; (iv) hotel/motel transportation impact fee of 5% of the charge for the room; (v) rental car transportation impact fee of 2%; (vi) a diesel fuel fee at the rate of 1.5 cents per gallon; and (vii) a transportation impact real estate closing fee at the rate of $0.20 per $100 of the value of the real estate being recorded.

The bill also provides that no locality shall continue to be a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority if at any time on or after July 1, 2007, it is not imposing the new fees that are authorized. The membership of the Authority is altered to provide for two additional members from the House of Delegates; one additional member from the Senate; and a mayor from a town within a county that is a member of the Authority.

The Authority shall use all the revenues generated by the bill as follows:

1. The first $50 million received in each fiscal year shall be distributed to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to provide funds to the Authority as may be required under federal law for the payment of certain federal funds to WMATA. The Authority shall make such annual distribution from such revenues (i) only to the extent required under federal law for the payment of federal funds to WMATA, and (ii) only if the Cities of Arlington and Alexandria are embraced within the Authority;

2. The next $20 million  received in each fiscal year shall be distributed to the Virginia Railway Express for capital projects directly relating to transportation by rail, and only if Prince William County is embraced within the Authority;

3. At least 40% of the revenues received each year shall be dedicated for use on residential, urban, and secondary road construction and improvement;

4. A specific list of transportation projects listed in the bill shall be completed by the Authority; and

5. To construct transportation projects in the localities that are members of the Authority as may be determined by the Authority.

Full text:
04/12/06  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 065261726  pdf
04/12/06  Senate: Committee substitute printed 068995726-S1  pdf | impact statement

Status:
04/12/06  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 065261726
04/12/06  Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
04/12/06  Senate: Reported from Transportation with substitute (8-Y 5-N 1-A)
04/12/06  Senate: Committee substitute printed 068995726-S1
04/12/06  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
09/28/06  Senate: Left in Finance