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Survey asks Fairfax Co. residents how to fund roads

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 4:56am  ET

water main Telegraph Road (WTOP/Rick McClure)
Fairfax County will have to pay more to maintain roads, such as Telegraph Road. (WTOP/Rick McClure)

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - What do you think should be done to finance local road construction? A gas tax? Tolls?

Fairfax County needs $3 billion over the next 10 years to build and maintain local roads because of cutbacks in state and federal funding.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova says the county is asking the public to take an online survey that spells out some of the options for generating revenue.

There are 20 suggestions, including a variety of tax increases, fees and tolls.

"That doesn't mean that the board is ready to adopt new taxes, but we do feel that we're ready to put the question and the information to our constituents," Bulova says.

The survey also asks the public for suggestions on financing road maintenance and construction.

Fairfax County residents can take the online survey until Oct. 15.

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