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Regional Rail Initiative meeting outlines plan

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The Ellis County Press

Waxahachie – Regional Rail Initiative will be hosting a luncheon with county and city officials Monday, Feb.16, starting at 12 p.m. at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

The Regional Rail Initiative is a bill the North Central Texas Council of Governments is working on with various transportation authorities in the metroplex to get with the cities and counties to help pass a bill in this legislative session. Which will provide passenger rail with a new tax voted on by the cities and counties involved. If passed, an election will be held for each county within the funding area and submitted to the elections administration of each county where voters will be asked to approve projects and /or fees which would be used for any items constructed.

If a county decides to opt out of passing the tolls the project may have to be wiped out altogether if there is lack of funding.

According to documents sent to the media, there are two conflicting arguments prominently displayed regarding taxes with areas that receive services already from Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

One stating no, they will not double tax DART areas and then on the Q&A provided by NCTCOG they go back and state Dallas and Collin counties, "will be imposed with any new fee as well as the current one percent sales tax from DART they already are paying."

"I just produced it", said Dawn Rousseau when notified at Judge Chad Adams office.

Phone calls to NCTOG officials were not returned as of press time.

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