2018 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Sickles
Funding for WMATA Capital Needs (language only)

Item 453 #2h

Item 453 #2h

Department of Transportation


Page 396, line 14, strike "and the Virginia Railway Express,".

Page 396, line 15, strike "thirty-five percent of the revenues received by" and insert:

"$35,000,000 of the revenues dedicated to the".

Page 396, line 16, strike "by".

Page 396, line 16, after "Authority" insert:

"through provisions of the Code of Virginia adopted prior to January 1, 2018".

Page 396, strike lines 19 through 21.

Page 396, line 24, strike "$0.25" and insert "$0.20".

Page 396, strike lines 25 and 26 and insert:

"b.  From the state recordation taxes imposed pursuant to §§ 58.1-801 and 58.1-803, Code of Virginia, $20,000,000 each year shall be transferred to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority."

Page 396, after line 26, insert:

"c. 1.  Notwithstanding the provisions of § 58.1-603.1 and 58.1-604.01, Code of Virginia, there is hereby levied and imposed in each county and city located in a Planning District established pursuant to Chapter 42 (§ 15.2-4200 et seq.) of Title 15.2 that (i) as of January 1, 2018, has a population of 2.8 million or more, as shown by the most recent population estimates developed by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, a retail sales and use tax at the rate of 0.90 percent.

2.  The amounts generated by the increase in paragraph c.1. of this item applicable to retail sales in Prince William County shall be dedicated to the Virginia Railway Express."


(This amendment modifies the proposal to support the $154.0 million Virginia share of the identified $500.0 million annual WMATA capital needs and replaces the proposed sources of revenues with a reduced share of existing NVTA funds ($35.0 million per year), eliminates the proposed increase in the regional transient occupancy tax, reduces the proposed increase in the congestion relief fee (grantor's tax) by 50 percent, adds an increase of 0.2 percent in the regional sales tax, and commits $20 million from existing state recordation revenues to provide the full dedicated amounts to support WMATA, recognizing it's role as a major driver in statewide economic growth and stability. It separates the funding streams dedicated to WMATA and VRE but provides an increase for VRE from the additional sales tax revenues generated in Prince William County.)