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RA Board Takes Stance Against Residential Tax for Transportation Funding Plan

by Dave Emke — February 28, 2017 at 2:45 pm 14 Comments

Reston Transit Area/Fairfax County

At their meeting last week, the Reston Association Board of Directors officially took a position against a residential tax related to the $2.27 billion Reston Transportation Funding Plan.

Saying that RA has historically not taken a stance on county tax issues, the original recommendation to the board from land-use attorney John McBride was to not do so. Director Sherri Hebert (Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District), though, said she believes there should be no special tax and that it would behoove the board to go on record with that stance.

“Are we going to let this happen? There are so many things that come along with this tax for the residential units within the [Transit Station Area],” she said. “We hope that every cluster that starts to pop up in the TSA we’re going to bring into RA, so I would think that we would want to make a stance that this needs to be paid for by the developers.”

Director Julie Bitzer (South Lakes District) agreed with Hebert’s assessment.

“As we seek to make in-roads into what’s becoming more residential within that corridor, it’s important that we not be short-sighted in our anticipation of addressing those concerns,” she said.

The tax would be on all types of real estate, not just residential, McBride clarified.

The motion passed by RA directors Thursday states that while they recognize the improvements are needed to keep pace with development, they do not want the proposed service district tax applied to residential properties within the TSA.

“I think we need to have a longer-term strategy… that takes these issues into account,” Michael Sanio, RA Board vice president, said. “We should not be silent, we should not just have these events happen and us not have a voice in them.”

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the plan today at 4:30 p.m.

Map of Reston Transit Station Area via Fairfax County

  • LeftPolitico

    Why did McBride recommend that the board should NOT take a stance? Was it simply because it had not been done before, which, if that was the only reason, is an extremely poor reason for an attorney who is supposed to be giving good advice.

    • Mike M

      He is a land-use attorney. Follow the money, Lefty.

      • Mike Mchuge

        Again with these cryptic comments that make now since, righty

        • Mike M

          ???
          Mike, you’re not making sense nor since.

          • The Constitutionalist

            No no no, he’s making now since.

    • Greg

      Because, among other reasons, the RA pays none of these taxes. Moreover, this is yet one more example of where RA is wasting our assessment dollars on lawyers and “positions” on which it has no remit.

  • cRAzy

    So where is RCA on all this? It, in fact, represents the residents of the station areas as well as the rest of us.

  • Genghis Khan

    “The assessments have been growing, but given the ameneties Reston has, to me they are not too unreasonable. These are difficult financial times for everyone. I have a lot of confidence that I can work with RA staff to make sure money is spent in a responsible way.”

    This is a campaign promise from Sanio, how can he be wrong?

    “I think we need to have a longer-term strategy… that takes these issues into account. .. We should not be silent, we should not just have these events happen and us not have a voice in them.”

    Very nice. But do you believe in the easter bunny?

    Dont forget to vote!

  • JoeInReston

    We (predominately north west Fairfax, including Reston, and Loudoun) have paid dearly in toll road fees and now part of Reston will have to pay more to support transportation infrastructure improvements. Not to mention the traffic congestion that is coming our way despite these improvements will be substantial. Will the Ballston-ification of Reston be worth it?

    • Mike M

      Well, Joel, to certain parties it will be a really good deal! To the rest of us, . . . BOHICA.

      • JoeInReston

        These moves are seemingly done more for the benefit of urban dwellers that will reside here in 10 to 15 years than for people who reside here in the present.

        • Mike M

          So long as we continue to mindlessly re-elect people who do not represent us, . . . and it’s too late now. I think the assumption is that many single homeowners will move out within five years. I think the BoS is doing what it can do to accelerate that on behalf of the re-developers.

  • 30yearsinreston

    Commissar Hudgins won’t be happy with the rebellion from the apparatchiks on the RA board

  • 30yearsinreston

    Ken Plum must be on another vacation

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