Authority for transit projects sought
A Richmond delegate and business leaders are getting ready to push for a regional authority that could raise $105 million annually for transportation projects in central Virginia.The money would be generated through an additional 2 percent tax on gas, as well as new or increased fees on car registrations, inspections and repairs. The taxes and fees could apply to much of the Richmond and Petersburg area.
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“Sic Semper Tyrannus”
Since: Nov 07
#1 Jan 3, 2008
Quote: "As envisioned, the money would support the sale of long-term bonds that would fund roads and other projects to "deal with the transportation issue in central Virginia before it becomes a crisis," said Del. Franklin P. Hall, D-Richmond, who plans to introduce legislation on the authority to the 2008 General Assembly, which convenes Wednesday."
As if we don't have enough wasteful government already, Delegate Hall wants to create yet another level of goverment, complete with the authority to levy it's own taxes upon the people.
Last year the General Assembly authorized the creation of these regional transportation authorities under the same piece of un-holy legislation that brought us the hotly contested "abusive driver fee" debacle.
As has already happened in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, the cost of operating and maintaining a vehicle will increase for Richmond area residents with this proposed legislation. Some local area residents are now taking their vehicles out of the area for routine service to avoid the highly questionable tax on vehicle repairs. Others are purchasing their vehicles out of the regional tax area, and some are now registering their vehicles out of state all together.
Quote: "The authority could impose the taxes and fees if the governing bodies of at least five of the nine localities approve. The five approving localities would have to represent at least 51 percent of the area's population, and they would have to include at least two of the three most populous localities, which are Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond. Amelia, Caroline, Charles City, Goochland, Cumberland, New Kent, Powhatan and Sussex counties could opt in."
The ability of one jurisdiction to levy a tax against the citizen's of another jurisdiction is without a doubt - unconstitutional. I do not understand how our esteemed elected public servants could not have seen this coming when they created last year's transportation bill.
As a resident of one of the smaller, more rural counties - there ain't no way I'm paying illegal taxes to another county or city to pay for their perceived transportation problems. You and I already pay more than enough taxes to support transportation issues.
What we need, is for the legislators to stop robbing the money pot that was supposed to be set aside strictly for transportation, and to make some damn decisions about how they are going to spend the money they do have!
It will not serve any of us well, to create another set of demi-tyrannts who will not be any more efficent or effective with transportation issues than the state.
I strongly urge all of you to contact your elected General Assembly critter and let them know that you expect last year's Transportation bill - including the abusive driver fee as well as the authorization of regional transporation authorities, to be withdrawn.
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