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Ballot Questions Overwhelmingly Approved

© Leesburg Today - 11/03/2015

Loudoun voters threw their support behind $153.9 million worth of bonds on the ballot Tuesday. That means two schools will have financing to move them to construction and the county can buy public safety equipment.

Just more than 65 percent of voters approved $151 million to finance the construction of a Dulles North area elementary school, known as ES-31, and a Dulles North area high school, for now dubbed HS-11.

The two new schools are planned in the fast-growing southern end of the county. They will provide some relief to Loudoun's most crowded schools. The elementary school is slated to open in 2018 and the high school's opening is planned for 2020.

Loudoun voters have not rejected a schools bond question since the 1980s, but the margin by which they pass has narrowed over time. Seventy-three percent of voters supported a school bond in 2001. By comparison, that figure dropped to 56 percent ten years later.

Also Tuesday, a whopping 79.7 percent of voters OK'd $2.9 million to fund the purchase of fire and rescue apparatus and other public safety-related equipment.

Voters did not have a say on whether the projects will be completed; the School Board and Board of Supervisors have already approved them. If the referenda had not been supported Tuesday, the supervisors would have had to find other means of funding the projects.

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