A proposal that could help fund transportation projects is receiving support from members of the business community.
On Tuesday, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors passed a motion that will allow staff members to evaluate a mobility bond referendum.
Director of Government Relations Ross Snare and leaders of the chamber will work with county officials on the referendum, which would be on the 2020 ballot, according to a release.
The proposed mobility bond would fund projects that the Commonwealth Transportation Board and NVTA can’t financially support.
“Their main focus is and needs to be congestion relief,” Snare said in a release. “The County, which already has the most robust Transportation Department for a local government in the state, can step in to fill the gaps.”
There are also perks associated with the bond.
“The Chamber and business community here in Prince William understand the importance of investing in much needed infrastructure,” Snare said. “Not only is it a safe investment, it will create new jobs and will help attract more businesses to the region.”
Officials will begin working with the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) and community members in the coming weeks.
The vote follows a Policy Committee meeting the chamber hosted last week.
During the meeting, Former Transportation Director Tom Blaser and Supervisor Marty Nohe, who also serves as the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s (NVTA) chairman, spoke on the chamber’s role with road bonds.
Nohe brought up the bond referendum at a BOCS meeting last month.
The most recent bond was approved in 2006 and amounted to $300 million.
It helped fund transportation projects throughout Prince William, such as the widening of Minnieville Road.
Since then, more than 110,000 people have moved into the county, according to Chamber Chair Betty Dean.
The population is expected to continue growing.
“It’s time to start looking toward the future. There are projects that need to be completed if we are going to be competitive economically,” Dean said in a release. “Giving the County the ability to invest in our infrastructure can ensure that we are prepared for whatever the future may bring.”
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