August 28, 2007
An Arlington County judge has upheld a key part of Virginia's plan to improve its transportation system.
Judge Benjamin Kendrick's ruling upholds the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority's power to raise $300 million for transportation projects by issuing bonds and enacting special taxes and fees.
The power was given to the authority as part of the transit package approved this year by the legislature, which approved similar regional authority in Hampton Roads. Critics say the bonds, taxes and fees are unconstitutional.
The judge ruled in favor of the authority on all counts. Last month the authority voted to impose new taxes on home sales, car rentals, and hotel rooms and new fees for auto registrations and safety inspections to fund regional transportation projects in northern Virginia.
The revenue measures will go into effect in January.