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Authority of NVTA to Levy Taxes

The DC Examiner publishes this report on the appeal before the Virginia Supreme Court of the constitutionality “of the (2007) General Assembly’s transportation package.” The report begins:

“Opponents of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority on Tuesday asked the Virginia Supreme Court to bar the group from levying taxes and issuing bonds for regional road projects because voters haven't directly elected its governing board.

“They asked the court to overturn an Arlington County judge's ruling in August that upheld the constitutionality of the General Assembly's transportation package. The legislation allows the transportation authority to raise $300 million by levying seven regional taxes and fees and issuing bonds to pay for transportation projects for the traffic-choked region.”

Opponents include Loudoun County and Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William). We’ve growled before about the accountability of the NVTA, and we may soon learn the position of the Virginia Supreme Court on that accountability.

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