Transportation; funding and administration. (HB2333)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Transportation funding and administration. Provides additional funding for transportation by (i) imposing a motor fuels sales tax rate of five percent for highway maintenance; and (ii) increasing the additional registration fee on electric vehicles from $50 to $102 and imposing it on hybrid motor vehicles, with all revenue from such fee distributed to the Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund (owners of hybrid electric motor vehicles would be eligible for a refund of motor fuels taxes paid);

The bill also reduces the sales and use tax rate on food for human consumption from 1.5 percent to one percent, and repeals the authority for certain localities to impose a local income tax. The bill removes the sunset date (June 30, 2018) from the legislation that reduced the special real property tax rate on commercial property in Northern Virginia from $0.25 per $100 of assessed value to $0.125 per $100 of assessed value.

The bill also authorizes planning district commissions to be eligible to receive revenues to be used solely for transportation purposes within the planning district. The revenues would come from an additional 0.5% state sales and use tax and an additional state recordation tax of 40 cents per $100 in the localities located in the planning district. In order to be eligible, the planning district commission must determine, in order of priority, a list of 10 transportation projects that it would like to fund with the revenues. Additionally, the governing bodies of the localities representing at least sixty percent of the residents within the planning district commission must pass a resolution in support of the generation of such revenues. After these requirements have been met, the General Assembly must specifically authorize the imposition of such taxes in the localities in the planning district commission during the next session of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/18/2013Presented and ordered printed 13103840D
01/18/2013Referred to Committee on Finance
01/23/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2333)
01/23/2013Tabled in Finance