RESOLUTION TO REQUEST ENABLING LEGISLATION

FOR THE COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE AND THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE

TO FUND TRANSIT AND TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

 

            WHEREAS, transportation planning and systems are regional in scope; and

 

            WHEREAS, transportation planning in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area includes both transportation projects and the operation of a transit system; and

 

            WHEREAS, the County of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville desire to extend transit services to developing areas and to provide faster, more frequent service to the existing system, and to improve transportation in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area; and

 

            WHEREAS, the County of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville are seeking enabling legislation to establish a Regional Transit Authority to coordinate regional transit planning and operations; and

 

            WHEREAS, additional funding is necessary to fund the expanded services of a Regional Transit Authority; and

 

            WHEREAS, there is a dire need for transportation funding for identified and necessary transportation projects that are currently unfunded or underfunded by the Virginia Department of Transportation; and

 

            WHEREAS, the County of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville are seeking a funding source to fund necessary transportation improvement projects that cannot otherwise be reasonably or timely funded; and

 

            WHEREAS, a local sales and use tax of up to one percent designated to be spent solely for the purposes of transit and transportation initiatives would provide a reasonable local source of funding for such initiatives; and

 

            WHEREAS, the imposition of the proposed local sales and use tax of up to one percent would be subject to approval by local referendum and the use of such funding would be limited to transit costs, including funding for each localityís share of the cost of a Regional Transit Authority, and transportation projects selected from the regionís Constrained Long Range Plan, the Cityís Urban Road Program, or the Countyís Secondary Road Program; and

 

            WHEREAS, enabling legislation is necessary to enable a local sales and use tax to fund transit and transportation needs in the County of Albemarle and City of Charlottesville.

 

            NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors hereby requests that the Virginia General Assembly enact legislation to enable the County of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville to levy a local sales and use tax of up to one percent to fund to fund transit and transportation projects in the County of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville.

 

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