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Your County Tax Dollars At Work?

Scott McCaffrey reports in a story posted at the online Arlington Sun Gazette that the HOT-lanes legal fees, for which the Arlington County Board has obligated county taxpayers, have topped a half-million dollars. He reports:

“The county government’s bill for legal services related to its fight over high-occupancy-toll (HOT) lanes on Interstates 95 and 395 headed into Arlington has now topped a half-million dollars.

“The local government received bills of $66,683.70 on Jan. 21 and $37,076.68 on Feb. 16 for work done by Schnader Harris Segal & Lewis LLP, the D.C. law firm hired by the county in its lawsuit against federal and state officials.

“Added to the roughly $442,000 billed previously by the firm, the total tab to taxpayers now stands at about $546,000. The case has yet to move forward to trial.” (emphasis added)

McCaffrey adds the two parties “began settlement negotiations last November.” Yes, your Arlington County tax dollars hard at work. Not!

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