Hearing set for Dec. 4 on higher Tysons taxes

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Photo - Tysons Corner (Examiner file photo)
Tysons Corner (Examiner file photo)
Local,Virginia,Taylor Holland

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday moved closer to raising property taxes for residents and developers in Tysons to help fund improvements in the area.

The board voted 8-2 to set a Dec. 4 public hearing on its proposal to create a special district that includes Tysons businesses and residents who would pay higher property taxes to help fund road construction. The county is considering increasing property taxes within the district by 7- to 9- cents.

But Supervisors Pat Herrity, R-Springfield, and Linda Smyth, D-Providence, both vocal opponents of the tax hike since the county's Planning Commission presented it earlier this month, voted against holding the hearing.

Smyth, whose district includes Tysons, worried that advertising the public hearing in the Washington Times would be insufficient because too few residents read the paper.

The board voted to explore the various ways of notifying all property owners in the service district, which the county hopes will raise $253 million of the project's $3.1 billion total cost. The remaining funding is expected to come directly from developers and through taxes paid by all county residents.

Board Chairwoman Sharon Bulova supports the creation of the Tysons service district and said she expects it to be "very much supported" by those involved in the redevelopment of Tysons from an industrial park-like area to the county's urban core.

Holding the public hearing in December would allow the board to create the service district prior to Jan. 1.

tholland@washingtonexaminer.com

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