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Gloucester exempt from regional transportation taxes

You probably don't know it, but Gloucester residents got some good news on the taxes front this summer.

County Administrator Brenda Garton was notified in July that the county is exempt from regional taxes imposed by House Bill 2313, which became law July 1. The bill imposes a range of taxes in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads for transportation projects.

In a letter from Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, Garton was told that since Gloucester is in a planning district outside of the one that includes the Peninsula and localities south of the James River, the county is exempt from the collection of additional taxes.

"As a consequence," Connaughton wrote, "Gloucester County will not be entitled to revenues collected under the regional tax provisions, and will not have a vote on the planning, programming, and funding of transportation projects supported by those revenues."

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