2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: O'Bannon
Co-Patron(s): Massie
Henrico County Highway Funding (language only)

Item 449 #1h

Item 449 #1h

Transportation, Department of

Page 409, after line 37, insert:
"F. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 33.1-23.5:1, pursuant to subsection A of § 33.1-23.1, Code of Virginia, the Commonwealth Transportation Board shall make the following payments to counties which have withdrawn or elect to withdraw from the secondary system of state highways under the provisions of § 11 of Chapter 415 of the Acts of Assembly of 1932, and which have not elected to return:  to any county having withdrawn prior to June 30, 1985, an amount equal to $7,201 per lane-mile for fiscal year 1986, as adjusted annually by the Department of Transportation through the Maintenance Cost Index."

(This amendment equalizes the per mile rates paid to the two counties that have withdrawn from the secondary system. Current language sets separate rates for counties larger or smaller than 100 square miles. As a result, Arlington historically has received almost twice as much state funding per lane miles as had Henrico County. In 2011, Henrico received $9,101 per lane mile, or about $12.0 million, while Arlington received $16,121 per lane mile. Henrico, in fact, receives less per lane mile for its entire road system - including principal and minor arterial roads - than the state budgets for VDOT's maintenance of small collector roads elsewhere in the state. A 2008 study by the General Assembly found that designating Henrico as an urban locality would cost the state an additional $8.0 million annually.)