Understanding Loudoun County’s Dulles Metrorail Tax District

Loudoun Gateway Metro Station

I was recently asked about a home in Ashburn that I was showing and whether or not it was in the “Metro Tax Zone.” Quite honestly I wasn’t sure, so I did some research and thought I would share with the community.

In December of 2012 the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors adopted a measure that would allow the county to assess an additional property tax on real estate within the immediate area of the three (currently under construction) Metro stations in Loudoun. This additional tax is designed to off-set the expense of building the Metrorail infrastructure, along with increases in tolls and other state and federal funding.

The tax provision states that the county may assess an additional $.20 per $100 of assessed value. This amounts to an additional $1000 in tax per year for a house valued at $500,000, as an example.

The good news so far is that this new district has actually yielded a greater amount of revenue from the tax than expected. This means that growth in the area is going well and may mean that the county will not need to raise the tax going forward.

The special tax district is in the area surrounding these stations (from east to west):

  • Dulles Airport Station – Located in front of Parking Garage 1, directly across from the face of the main terminal.
  • Loudoun Gateway Station – Spanning the Dulles Greenway near at Old Ox Road (606).
  • Ashburn Station – Spanning the Dulles Greenway near Ryan Road and West of Loudoun County Parkway.

Learn more about the Dulles Rail Service Districts.

Find out if your home or one you have your eye on is within the district with this tool.

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