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Supervisors sign off on three bond referendum questions

Loudoun County voters are likely to be confronted with three bond referendum questions during this fall's election. The Board of Supervisors on July 2 finalized the verbiage for the questions relating to the major capital projects and expenditures, and the county has sent those queries to the Circuit Court for approval.

The questions, as approved by the supervisors, are:

Public Safety Projects
Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum amount of $34,690,000 to finance in whole or in part, the cost to design and construct an animal shelter; the cost to acquire fire and rescue apparatus; the cost to acquire land for Sterling Park Rescue Squad’s replacement station and to design, construct and equip that replacement station; and other public safety facilities throughout the County?

Parks, Recreation and Library Projects
Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum amount of $10,935,000 to finance in whole or in part, the costs to relocate, renovate, expand and equip Sterling Library; the costs to renovate and equip Sterling Community Center; and other public park, recreational and library facilities throughout the County?

School Projects
Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum amount of $162,900,000 to finance in whole or in part, the costs to design, construct and equip ES-27, Dulles North Elementary School; the costs to design, construct and equip MS-9, Dulles North Middle School; the costs to design, construct and equip the Advanced Technology Academy and other public school facilities throughout the County?

Following an amendment made by Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) and accepted by Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), the question related to public safety projects will likely include language guaranteeing the animal shelter be located “in the Town of Leesburg or east of Route 15.”


-Trevor Baratko

Comments

This is good debt being invested in Loudoun County that will yield far more in tax revenue down the road as our population grows.


Whatever happened to developers proffering land for school construction?


In other words, real estate taxes will go up for homeowners. As they have year over year (for me at least)

Keep approving more and more housing developments, and take out millions in loans to build new schools. Seems like that is the cycle.

The BOS should stop approving all these new housing developments and get this existing problem under control.

$163,000,000 is a whole lot of debt for a County to take on (does not matter if it is low interest). This is already on top of the “old” debt. This will debt will be around for our kids to pay.

But when we go to the polls taxpayers always vote “yes” because the kids are our future. I vote “no”, and tend to be in the minority of about 30%. Usually the bond referendums for building schools over the last decade or so have been 70/30 (yes,no).


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