Thursday, August 9, 2007

Loudoun's Growth Dependent On Transportation Investments

According to today's Washington Post, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Pierce R. Homer told Loudoun County politicians and business people yesterday that the region's vibrant economy, bolstered by Loudoun's fast growth, cannot last without investment in transportation.

His comments, at a Loudoun Chamber of Commerce breakfast, were made days after Loudoun County filed a court challenge to the state's hard-fought transportation funding plan, which allows a panel of local leaders from across Northern Virginia to raise taxes.

The Post story says that Scott K. York, chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and the county's representative on the panel, said that the board's decision to challenge the panel's authority is also meant as a "protest vote" over Richmond's method of dividing tax money among localities.

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