Loudoun County Board of Supervisors: Oppose the creation of a Special Metrorail Tax District.
One of the proposals currently under consideration by the Loudoun BOS is to establish a Special Metrorail Tax District to pay for the cost of bringing the Silver Line to Loudoun. The Special tax area includes residential properties within an approximate 2-mile zone around the Silver Line Stations and is identified in the a map posted by the Board of Supervisors. http://www.flickr.com/photos/omagi/7211416828/ This is a petition specifically to tell the BOS that the proposal of a Special Two-mile Metrorail Tax District with a $0.21 per $100 of assessed property value is unreasonable and unfair to the residents of the Broadlands and other identified nearby communities. To be clear, this is not a petition for or against the extension of the Silver Line to Loudoun County. We believe that if the choice is made to bring the Silver Line to Loudoun County for the benefit of all of Loudoun County, then all of Loudoun County should be responsible for the cost and it should not be the burden of a very small segment of the residents. We therefore oppose the creation of a Special Tax District to pay for the extension of the Silver Line to Loudoun County.
Hi-resolution version of Ashburn map
“NO Countywide C&I METRO TAX”Click Here to Sign and Leave Comments
Please sign this petition if you do NOT want to finance the shift of business to station areas.
The Loudoun Board of Supervisors is considering Opting In to Metro and committing Loudoun to pay a huge share of bringing Metro into Loudoun County. If they act to move forward it will be done without first deciding who pays, the cost will be unknown, and the commitment is not reversible.
A popular alternative is a tax that would impose a mandatory surcharge an all property in Loudoun designated as Commercial or Industrial (C&I Tax). This alternative has been endorsed by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce.
On an affected property valued at $500,000 the C&I Metro Tax would be $500-$850 per year...probably forever.
A study reported this to our Supervisors: “RCLCO has not found any credible evidence to indicate that the extension of rail transit brings new development to an entire region. RCLCO has assumed that if transit spurs faster or more intense development on one property then it must necessarily mean slower or less intense development on another in the region.”
This is not the hype you may be hearing from pro-rail messages supported by undisclosed entities and the Chamber leadership.
This message needs to be heard by the Board, “NO C&I METRO TAX” immediately or you will be forced to pass this along to your customers.
“NO Countywide C&I METRO TAX”