WINCHESTER — A statewide nonprofit trade association will host “compliance seminars” throughout western Virginia to help businesses selling fuel prepare to collect a new gas tax that takes effect July 1 along the Interstate 81 corridor.

Money raised from the tax will be used to pay for $2.2 billion in improvements to I-81.

The Virginia Petroleum and Convenience Marketers Association (VPCMA) represents the commonwealth’s petroleum and convenience store industries, according to the group’s website.

The group will host a seminar at the Hilton Garden Inn at 12 Wingate Drive in Winchester at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Topics that will be covered include the addresses and zip codes subject to the new taxes, required forms, refund procedures and new truck registration fees. There will be a time for questions.

“[This is for] anyone that handles collection and remittance of the fuel tax,” Elizabeth Zyglocke, VPCMA director of member services, said on Friday.

The new fuel tax, proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam and passed by the General Assembly in April, calls for an increase of 7.6 cents per gallon for gasoline and 7.7 cents for diesel along the I-81 corridor in Virginia.

Revenue generated will pay for about half of the I-81 improvements outlined in a study.

In Frederick County, the improvements call for widening I-81 by one lane between exits 313 (Millwood Pike) and 317 (Martinsburg Pike), northbound and southbound.

— Contact Onofrio Castiglia at ocastiglia@winchesterstar.com

(2) comments

anon

Questions for the author. Does all of this money stay in the I-81 corridor? Earlier reports mentioned it would be used elsewhere as well as along I-81. How does this compare to other regional gas taxes in VA?

Steve Cunningham

"Revenue generated will pay for about half of the I-81 improvements outlined in a study." Looks like only half of the collected I81 Corridor Fuel Tax will go towards I81 improvements, thus the Shenandoah Valley will be shortchanged again as our tax dollars are funneled to Northern VA and the Tidewater region more than likely :(

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