Voters reject Virginia Beach light rail referendum

13News Now Audrey Esther has the story.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Voters in Virginia Beach have rejected the proposal to extend light rail from Norfolk to Virginia Beach's Town Center.

With the votes still being counted, the "No" votes lead 58 percent to 42 percent.

The state is throwing in $155 million for the $243 million project. Here's how the funds break down:

  • $157.6 million goes to the builder and designer
  • $27.7 to professional service
  • $24.8 to right-of-way acquisitions
  • $21 million to the railroad
  • $12 million yo relocate major utilities

Supporters say it's money well spent. But opponents say subsidizing the Tide isn't good for taxpayers.

Remember, even though the language on the ballot asks if the city should spend money to expand the Tide, it's still a non-binding referendum and City Council makes the final decision. However, and it is expected City Council will honor the results of the measure.


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