>This study by the GAO looks at some questions I’ve been thinking about with respect to dedicated funding for WMATA:
1. If dedicated funding shows up, how do we ensure that the funding is in addition to our existing funding, rather than taking its place?
2. How do we divide up the dedicated funding? Right now the local subsidy is split unevenly between the jurisdictions. It’s clear that each of the jurisdictions is going to pass their own tax plan for the dedicated funding (a sales tax in one, a property tax in another, and driver fees/recording taxes in another). As the economy grows and changes, the relative levels of funding from different taxes may change. How do we ensure the result remains fair?
3. How do we ensure WMATA is adequately funded if the dedicated funding suffers a decline due to market or economic conditions?