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Flushing Out Details of Metro Bond Referenda

Beginning Sunday, May 15, we started growling about the amount that Arlington County taxpayers subsidize Metro -- see our May 15 and May 16 Growls; yesterday, we growled about the FY 2017 -- 2026 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which the County Manager proposed Tuesday evening.

Today, Scott McCaffrey of the Arlington Sun Gazette reported the Arlington County Manager is seeking $30 million for Metro in this fall's bond referenda. According to McCaffrey:

"The Arlington County government’s subsidy to operate the Metro system will amount to about $130 for every county resident over the next two years, based on the county manager’s bond-referendum proposal detailed May 17.

"Mark Schwartz is seeking $30 million for Metro funding, up 31 percent, as part of a $59 million transportation referendum likely to go to voters on Nov. 8. The proposal also calls for $24 million for paving and road maintenance, up 27 percent from what was included in the 2014 transportation bond passed by voters.

"Rising costs for Metro come even as Arlington is looking to lighten its load by moving more transit service to the less-costly ART bus service. The $30 million spending proposal doesn’t count interest costs that will accrue during the life of the bonds."

The $30 million for Metro is almost half of the $59 million the Manager is proposing in the Metro and Transportation bond referenda. Over the next 10 years, though, the Manager proposes spending $1.3 billion, or just over 46% of the total 10-year, CIP, for transportation programs.

According to the press release explaining the CIP, the fall bond referenda for Metro and transportation would spend:

  • Metro – fulfilling our ongoing commitment – $30 million, a 31 percent increase from the 2014 referenda ($23 million).
  • Paving – maintaining our roads – $24 million a 27 percent increase over the last CIP

Additional information is available beginning at the Capital Improvement Plan webpage. From there, you can access the FY 2017 -- 2026 CIP; the Manager's PowerPoint presentation of the CIP to the County Board; and, the seven chapters of the FY 2017 -- 2026 CIP.

Growls readers are urged to write to members of the Arlington County Board to voice concerns about the proposed FY 2017 -- 2026 Capital Improvement Plan. Just click-on the link below:

  • Call the County Board office at (703) 228-3130

And tell them ACTA sent you.

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