Fund Local Services
Commercialized Rest Areas Could Decimate Local Tax Bases
Businesses at highway exits pay millions of dollars in property taxes each year to help fund services that local communities need.
The unfair competition posed by commercialized rest areas could drive down these businesses’ property values, or even put these local taxpayers out of business. This would reduce the tax revenue these employers generate for community services like education, police and fire protection.
To make matters worse, commercialized rest areas will not make up the difference. In fact, located on the Interstate rights-of-way, they will transfer their taxes directly into state coffers.
Listen to Virginia State Senator Ryan McDougal's views on the threat rest area commercialziation poses to local taxes, jobs and communities.