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County Board to Rely on Rabbits to Pay for Metro?

According to an online story in Thursday's Arlington Sun Gazette, "Cue the Dusty Springfield soundtrack: It appears Arlington leaders are a’wishing and a’hoping that the federal and/or state governments will ride to the rescue in support of additional funding for the beleaguered Metro system."

The Sun Gazette explains:

"The Arlington County Board’s fiscal 2019 budget guidance to County Manager Mark Schwartz, adopted Nov. 28, calls for no additional local-taxpayer funding to the transit agency’s operating budget for the next fiscal year beyond a 3-percent rate of growth agreed to earlier.

"That’s contained in the first sub-paragraph related to Metro spending that is part of the guidance. The second assumes that increases for capital spending beyond that growth rate “will come from a new state or regional source.”

"Exactly how that rabbit will be pulled out of the hat was not explained, and may be a false hope: state leaders have shown only limited interest in helping localities with Metro funding, and the Trump administration is not proving itself a champion of public transit.

"In the current fiscal year – July 2017 to June 2018 – the Arlington government will funnel about $70 million in cash to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. About half of that funding comes directly from taxpayers, the other half from state and regional sources. Total fiscal 2018 funding to the Metro system from Arlington was up 25 percent from a year before.

"County Board members earlier this year added three-quarters of a penny to the real estate tax rate to provide more funds to the Metro system, an increase that added roughly $56 to the tax bill of the owner of a single-family property."

We stated our position in a January 21, 2017 Growls" "Don't Subsidize Metro, Privatize It!"

If you think the Metro board of directors should evaluate contracting-out the Metro system, please communicate your opinion to the Arlington County Board. Just click-on the link below:

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

And tell them ACTA sent you.

NOTE: For information about Dusty Springfield, see her Wikipedia entry. To listen to her 1964 hit Wishin & Hopin, click here

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