Dulles Rail Tax Fight Moves Ahead

VA Supreme Court to hear Fairfax business owner’s plea

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010  |  Updated 8:55 PM EDT
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Dulles Rail Tax Fight Moves Ahead

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The fight to keep the Dulles rail project from hitting the wallets of Fairfax County business owners is moving down the line.

The Virginia Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit filed by a Tysons Corner real estate executive, according to an Associated Press report. 

The owner of FFW Enterprises objects to a plan calling for Fairfax County property owners to help foot the bill for the Metro expansion, the AP said.

Funds generated by the business tax would go toward construction costs for three Metro stations that would be built from Reston to Dulles.

The county would collect up to $0.25 cents for every $100 of commercial property value.

Supporters say the Dulles line would generate more business for Fairfax County companies by bringing in more customers who don’t want to fight the Beltway traffic.

FFW Enterprises has been trying their case since December of 2008. A Fairfax County circuit judge recently ruled against them, prompting their appeal, according to the AP. 

The basis of FFW Enterprises’ cases is that taxing commercial property owners and not homeowners is a violation of the Constitution. However, their lawyer told the AP that the real estate company is not against improvements to transportation.

Fairfax County executives have not commented on the case.

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