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Fairfax County considers controversial workforce housing program

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It's no secret living here in the D.C. area is pricey.

But some are questioning a proposed program in Fairfax County that would allow developers to set aside 20 percent of new residences in Tysons Corner for households making as much as 120 percent of the area's median income.

That median income for a family of four is $107,500.

If developers go for it, they could be able to build 20 percent more units.

Some Fairfax County leaders want people to not only work in Tysons, but live there too. And they say the plan would make that possible.

But, board supervisor Pat Herrity says the subsidized housing would cost $500 million and he says that money needs to be spent on transportation.

"It is ludicrous," Herrity says. "We don't have money for transportation and in order for Tysons to be successful we have to have money going to transportation."

This incentive is not a done deal yet. There will be a county board meeting June 19 and it's likely to be voted on then. But the final decision could be months away.

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