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Big VRE payout due for Spotsylvania. The county will soon start forking out $3.5 million in deferred VRE payments. That's OK, the county still has several million dollars saved up to pay that debt and to handle transportation projects
Gas-tax revenue has been used to fix several Spotsylvania thoroughfares, including two spots along Mine Road.
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Stafford and Fredericksburg also use gas-tax revenue to pay for VRE operations as well as road work and FRED buses.
In 2011-12, Fredericksburg spent just more than $1 million of its gas-tax revenue to pay for such things as debt on the parking garage construction, train station maintenance and paving.
In fiscal 2013, the city's projected revenue is $1.7 million. It will pay a VRE subsidy of $358,664.
Stafford recently voted to use $320,872 of its funds to pay for amenities like bike trails, street signs and bus shelters.
The county raised $4.3 million in gas-tax revenue in fiscal year 2012 and will pay a $1.9 million VRE subsidy in the coming fiscal year.
Over the years, the gas tax has funneled in millions to help pay for other projects in Stafford, including the Interstate 95 interchange at Centreport Parkway and current commuter and VRE lot expansions, said Stafford Supervisor Paul Milde.
Barnes said the gas-tax revenue has not only helped with transportation spending in Spotsylvania but also has softened the blow of a depleted general fund.
"If we hadn't had VRE," he said, "the budgets would've been so much tougher."
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The Virginia Railway Express gas tax has helped Spotsylvania pay for numerous transportation projects, including work on these five intersections.
Mine Road and Lansdowne Road (ongoing)
Smith Station Road and Piedmont Drive (ongoing)
Mine Road, Hardwood Lane and Campbell Drive
Gordon Road and Chancellor Road
Harrison Road, Kingswood Boulevard and Beauclaire Boulevard