In our latest poll, 72% of voters prefer to pay for the construction of Virginia Beach light rail through a TIF or SSD. 18% want a new tax or fee, while 9% want to pull the money from the General Fund.
From a couple discussions I've had on the issue, that seems to be the center position on it. Why ask neighborhoods far off the rail line to pay when you can simply capture the increased revenue from those who benefit the most?
Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance (VBTA) Transportation Chairman Reid Greenmun was on here claiming the question was "premature". Uh...let me point out the VBTA's own four page February 9 "Statement" (read: rant) on light rail addresses the possibility of a TIF or SSD. So Reid is so far to the looney right that he's taken a personal position on light rail that makes the VBTA look liberal.
The new question: should government subsidize the arts? This comes in the wake of the Virginia Symphony asking the Virginia Beach City Council for money for the second time in under a year.