Cost to bring Metrorail two miles past Dulles Airport = $1.5 billion
A combination of these options is being considered by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors:

Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Tax
$0.10- $0.17 (8%-13.7% increase over $1.235 base rate)

1-Mile Rail District
$0.09- $0.20 (7.2%-16% increase over $1.235 base rate)

2-Mile Rail District
$0.09- $0.21 (7.2%-17% increase over $1.235 base rate)

Countywide Real Property Tax Increase
$0.03 property tax increase on all properties

Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce on May 23 passed a resolution
...endorsing the lower-end C&I tax for the County, and the higher-end 1-mile Rail tax district rates. Partial text of their resolution is:
 The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce supports the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors adopting two additional real property tax levies that would generate revenues that will be directed to fund the County’s share of the capital costs and operations and maintenance costs associated with its obligations for the construction of Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. These levies include:
1. Creating service districts that encompass an approximate one-mile radius of land surrounding the four proposed Metrorail stations in or near Loudoun County (Route 28, Dulles Airport, Route 606 and Route 772 stations) and imposing up to a maximum of an additional $.20 per $100 value tax rate on all taxable property within those service districts, and;
2. Imposing a Commercial and Industrial (C&I) tax levy of up to a maximum $.10 per $100 value on commercial property throughout Loudoun County.

Problems with these proposed taxes:

-This funding proposition amounts to asking all businesses countywide to finance a shift of business activity to rail stations.
-You will be told these taxes will go away eventually. The promise was made that the Dulles Toll Road tolls would go away. Instead DTR tolls will be soaring to new highs, as these taxes will in the future.
 -A county-wide C&I property tax will be passed on to consumers, increasing the costs of all goods and services purchased in Loudoun County, and driving business out of Loudoun County.
-The 1-mile tax district will cause businesses to consider locating 1.01 miles or more from the stations, just outside the line, reducing the projected revenues from the tax district, while undermining the intent of transit-oriented development to consolidate in high-density cores. Loudoun has not studied impacts of tax districts.
-Loudoun’s Supervisors were elected on a platform of lowering taxes and making Loudoun attractive for new business. These proposed taxes violate both of these principles. Loudoun’s board should Opt Out and let Fairfax and MWAA build rail to Dulles Airport or Rt. 606. Loudoun will still benefit from increased development without having to raise taxes to pay for it. By opting out, Loudoun can protect Loudoun taxpayers from being the back stop/risk taker for this project. 

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An IMPLICIT TAX is: The cost of an activity that is not collected by the government but may be the result of government policy, (like giving the Toll Road to MWAA).
What is a METRO Tax
1. When MWAA takes your toll money it is supposed to go to maintaining the Dulles Toll Road. That is a METRO TOLL TAX. Most of it is being rerouted to pay off loans for cash to build a train to the airport. Most toll-payers will get nothing back for their money.
MWAA has no taxing authority, but that hasn’t stopped them. In fact tolls are going to soar so high, many people won’t be able to use the road they have already paid for.
2. Another METRO tax is the one you’ll get in a year or so to cover the cost of bringing METRO into eastern Loudoun. That is a METRO PROPERTY TAX Despite the glitzy claims, studies show most METRO PROPERTY TAX Payers will get nothing back for their money.
Tax Pig says: “Bild les rail, pay les tolls.”

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