Fairfax County is close to final approval for a special tax district in the western part of the county. If approved, the tax district is expected to raise $330 million.
By Jonathan Wilson
In Virginia, Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors is close to final approval for a special tax district in the Western part of the county.
Landowners holding a majority of the value of the proposed district have to agree to the special tax. Right now, the county says, landowners representing about 60 percent of the area's value have signed on.
Jeff Fairfield, represents the Launders Charitable trust, which owns 15 acres in the area.
He says a key to getting landowners to sign on, was reducing the burden of the tax early on, while the economy recovers.
"We have a stepped tax rate increase, beginning next year with only a nickel per $100 of valuation, and stepping up a nickel each year thereafter," says Fairfield.
The district includes the Route 28 corridor, Herndon and part of Reston, and is expected to raise $330 million.
Sharon Bulova, who chairs the board of supervisors, says without the agreement, "we would have, essentially, express bus service from Tysons to Dulles Airport."
Landowners have until December 21st, to change their minds.