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Construction crews may have broken ground for the Metrorail to Dulles project in Virginia, but funding for all the stations along the future tracks hasn't been secured. A new proposal in Fairfax County may soon change that.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova joined Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) Friday afternoon to announce a preliminary deal with commercial landowners in her county.

The deal would create a special tax district including much of the Route 28 corridor, the entire town of Herndon and much of Reston.

Businesses in the district would pay higher property taxes, raising the $330 million needed to pay for three Metrorail stations in the area. Bulova says this should be the very final piece of the funding puzzle for the Dulles rail project.

Thirty-five businesses in the district have signed onto a petition in favor the tax proposal, and the town of Herndon and the Fairfax board of supervisors must hold public hearings before it is officially adopted.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

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