Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Sales and Use Tax Fund; established. (HB971)

Introduced By

Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Transportation funding and administration. Provides additional funding for transportation by (i) imposing a transportation infrastructure users fee on motor fuels sold by a distributor to a retail dealer at the rate of one percent, to be used for highway maintenance in the highway construction district in which the fuel is sold; (ii) increasing the state sales and tax in Northern Virginia by 0.5 percent for transportation projects in Northern Virginia; and (iii) imposing a regional congestion relief fee on the recordation of deeds in Northern Virginia at a rate of $0.40 per $100. Neither the fees nor the tax increase shall become effective until the unemployment rate in the Commonwealth is equal to or lower than it was in January 2008 for six consecutive months. The bill also requires a performance audit of the Commonwealth's transportation programs. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10102088D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Finance
01/18/2010Assigned Finance sub: #1
02/03/2010Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2011 (6-Y 4-N)
02/08/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB971)
02/10/2010Committee substitute printed 10104097D-H1
02/10/2010Continued to 2011 in Finance
12/03/2010Left in Finance


robert legge writes:

WHy does this bill "specifically affect Hampton". Looks like it is a gas tax for N. VA. The unemployment threshold may take a long time to reach. In the meantime, the roads will further deteriorate.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

It's a new Richmond Sunlight feature, albeit one that apparently isn't working quite right. :) I've got some code that scans the text of each bill looking for any Virginia place name. When such a name is found, a map is displayed on the bill's page (like here) showing the place that the bill concerns. In theory, it works nicely when multiple places are affected. In practice, we can see not. Hampton is named in this bill, but so are a dozen other municipalities. So while it's accurate that Hampton is specifically affected by this bill, a lot more places are affected!