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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 5, 2020 01:24 PM
From: Representative Tim Hennessey
To: All House members
Subject: County Referendums for Transportation Funding
 
Next week, I plan on introducing legislation that would allow a county to levy and collect a local tax to assist funding local mass transportation and transportation organizations. However, before assessing the additional local tax, the respective county must adopt an ordinance or resolution. The Department of Revenue will be required to promulgate and enforce the regulations required to administer the excised local tax. A county may impose the local tax on the following:
  1. A tax upon a transfer of real property or an interest in real property within the county;
  2. A surtax not to exceed 0.2% of the tax imposed on the taxable income of residents within the county; and/or
  3. A surtax equal to 0.25% imposed on the purchase price of tangible personal property and services.
In addition, my legislation would allow a county to use the local tax revenue to offer grants to local transportation organizations and mass transit agencies for alleviating some of the costs related to costs of operations, maintenance and debt service. Also, counties can enter into agreements to use the local tax revenue to jointly fund local transportation projects and local mass transportation.

My legislation is part of the House Transportation Task Force’s package of bills that is responsible for finding innovative ways for the Commonwealth to fund transportation, while also ensuring the current funding sources to transportation are as effective as possible.

I hope that you will join me in sponsoring this important piece of transportation related legislation.



Introduced as HB2068