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County wants more money for roads

PULASKI — During its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will consider whether to join other Virginia counties in urging the state legislature to take action in correcting shortfalls in transportation funding.
The General Assembly will return to Richmond Monday to discuss state transportation issues and consider a bill introduced by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine that would generate nearly $1.1 billion a year for statewide highway maintenance and for new projects in the most populated regions.
Pulaski County Administrator Pete Huber is recommending the supervisors develop a resolution similar to a model resolution provided by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo). The resolution would be forwarded to state legislators.
The resolution VACo provided points out that “an efficient transportation network is crucial” to sustaining Virginia’s economic growth, ensuring a cleaner environment and enhancing quality of life and public safety for its citizens.
It goes on to say that Virginia “faces a documented transportation funding shortfall” that has led the Commonwealth Transportation Board to eliminate and reduce spending on transportation projects. About $400 million is to be transferred from road construction funds this year to provide road maintenance.
Funding for new highway and bridge construction is diminished as road maintenance shortfalls continue to grow each year, VACo points out.
A more than $3 billion price tag is the estimated cost to repair 1,700 “deficient” bridges in the commonwealth.
“Transferring state general funds to transportation neither adequately supports documented and recurring transportation infrastructure investment needs, nor serves to protect the commonwealth’s additional core services,” the resolution continues.
It also points out that Virginia has the nation’s seventh lowest motor vehicle sales tax rate and a “modestly low” gas tax rate of 17.5 cents per gallon.
The resolution calls on Gov. Kaine and the Virginia General Assembly to “enact a significant transportation funding package” during its special session.

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County wants more money for roads

PULASKI — During its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will consider whether to join other Virginia counties in urging the state legislature to take action in correcting shortfalls in transportation funding.
The General Assembly will return to Richmond Monday to discuss state transportation issues and consider a bill introduced by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine that would generate nearly $1.1 billion a year for statewide highway maintenance and for new projects in the most populated regions.
Pulaski County Administrator Pete Huber is recommending the supervisors develop a resolution similar to a model resolution provided by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo). The resolution would be forwarded to state legislators.
The resolution VACo provided points out that “an efficient transportation network is crucial” to sustaining Virginia’s economic growth, ensuring a cleaner environment and enhancing quality of life and public safety for its citizens.
It goes on to say that Virginia “faces a documented transportation funding shortfall” that has led the Commonwealth Transportation Board to eliminate and reduce spending on transportation projects. About $400 million is to be transferred from road construction funds this year to provide road maintenance.
Funding for new highway and bridge construction is diminished as road maintenance shortfalls continue to grow each year, VACo points out.
A more than $3 billion price tag is the estimated cost to repair 1,700 “deficient” bridges in the commonwealth.
“Transferring state general funds to transportation neither adequately supports documented and recurring transportation infrastructure investment needs, nor serves to protect the commonwealth’s additional core services,” the resolution continues.
It also points out that Virginia has the nation’s seventh lowest motor vehicle sales tax rate and a “modestly low” gas tax rate of 17.5 cents per gallon.
The resolution calls on Gov. Kaine and the Virginia General Assembly to “enact a significant transportation funding package” during its special session.

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