RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- Virginia lawmakers negotiating a transportation plan compromise have worked out a deal that includes a fundraising component for Northern Virginia.
Del. Dave Albo, who was one of the conference committee members, said the plan would raise the sales tax in Northern Virginia to 6%, while the rest of the states would only go up from 5% to 5.3%.
That .7%, along with a Northern Virginia hotel tax of 2% and a grantor tax on buying houses at cents, would add up to $345 million earmarked specifically for Northern Virginia Transportation. The taxes will be collected by the state but distributed through The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.
The entire state plan includes replacing the 17.5 cents per gallon gasoline tax with a 3.5% wholesale gasoline tax paid by distributors. Diesel fuel taxes would remain the same, but would be shifted from a per gallon tax to a 6% wholesale tax.