On Nov. 5, Loudoun County residents must preform their civic duties and elect the new leaders for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As is the case most years, there are several bond issues that voters will cast ballots for as well.
Four bond referendums – a way for county leaders to allow the public a say in allocating funds for specific projects – are on the ballot.
If voters agree on the referendums, money is borrowed to fund the projects that must be repaid over time.
This election season the county is asking residents to finance infrastructure improvements, building renovations, irrigation systems for athletic fields and equipment for fire and rescue personnel.
The first question asks to use capital improvement bonds in the amount of $34,255,000 to finance the upgrading of irrigation systems for athletic fields, the Dulles South Multi-Purpose Center and Lovettsville District Park.
Irrigation systems will be improved at 25 school fields including Liberty, Buffalo Trail, Arcola, Legacy and Creighton's Corner elementary schools.
Improvements to the Dulles South Multi-Purpose Center will allow the transformation into a full recreation and senior center with pools, basketball courts, fitness equipment and more.
Work will be done in two phases, one being a 65,000-square-foot addition and the other a 15,000- square-foot addition to the current facility.
More than half of the funding for phase I is from cash proffers. Design has already been completed and construction of phase II would begin in fiscal 2014.
Design for phase III is funded in the current fiscal year and would begin in fiscal 2015.
For the Lovettsville District Park, funding is for the development of a 91-acre park with athletic fields, trails and more.
The second question on the ballot this year deals with the highly contested topic of transportation.
Loudoun County wants to borrow $3,180,000 to begin making improvements to Belmont Ridge Road as well as possibly other road projects.
These particular upgrades are separate from the $20 million upgrade requested by the county for upgrades to Belmont Ridge Road as a result of the Virginia State House Transportation Bill 2313.
The $3.18 million will go toward the design of two addition lanes on two separate sections of Belmont Ridge Road.
According to Loudoun County Attorney Jack Roberts, one section is Gloucester Parkway to Hay Road and the other is from Truro Parish Road to Croson Lane.
Each of those sections will be turned into four-lane roads.
Public safety equipment
The third question will provide the county's public safety personnel with the necessary equipment to keep citizens safe with a $14,175,000 price tag.
The county is asking for an allocation of funds from its capital improvements budget to finance fire and rescue apparatus.
Also included is the cost of a new Lucketts Fire Station and other public safety improvements.
The last bond referendum on the ballot for 2013 is the allocation of approximately $10,755,000 to finance the costs of additions to Mercer Middle School, Freedom High School and upgrades to Loudoun County High School's stadium.
Mercer will have nine new classrooms, totaling 1,350 square feet. This will increase its capacity from 1,200 to 1,350 students to handle more enrollment.
Freedom High School will see 10 new classrooms, totaling 13,020 square feet. This will increase its capacity from 1,600 to 1,800 students.
Loudoun County High School will add an artificial turf field, to improve drainage. Also being built is a 1,750-square-foot bathroom facility.
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