Revenue Sharing- 2011 Legislative Program
Initiate legislation to restore the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Revenue Sharing Program to the structure that existed prior to the 2006 session, including removal of the local administration and overmatch criteria. However, cities and towns should remain eligible for the program.
In 2006, the General Assembly significantly changed the program by adding tiers that favor projects administered by local governments and projects for which the local government contributes more than a 50 percent match. These criteria favor cities and towns who routinely construct their own highway projects. They also set off a bidding war between jurisdictions in the terms of the overmatch. Removing the tier structure would return the program to its original intent of giving jurisdictions an equal opportunity to qualify for funding.