Voters Asked to Weigh in on Bonds, Constitutional Amendments

Along with choosing from a slate of candidates for federal and local offices, Loudoun voters will be asked to green light $251,405,000 in bonds for school and county projects and approve two constitutional amendments at the polls Tuesday.

The proposed general obligation bonds, if approved, would be used to fund eight road projects, the construction of two new elementary schools, and improvements to the public schools’ foyers to make them more secure.

Voters will not necessarily have a say on whether the projects will be completed; School Board and Board of Supervisors have already approved them. The referenda seek the authority to issue general obligation bonds to fund them. If the bond referendum is not approved, the supervisors may move the projects forward with other funding mechanisms.

The two bond questions will read as follows (vote yes or no on each):

  • “Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum principal amount of $152,585,000 to finance, in whole or in part, the costs to design and construct Braddock Road (Route 659 to Royal Hunter); the costs to design and construct segments of Crosstrail Boulevard; the costs to design and construct improvements to Evergreen Mills Road (Northstar to Stone Springs); the costs to design and construct improvements to Farmwell Road (Smith Switch to Ashburn Road); the costs to design and construct Intersection Improvements throughout the County; the costs to design and construct Prentice Drive; the costs to design and construct a Route 9/Route 287 Roundabout; the costs to design and construct Route 50 Corridor Improvements; and the costs of other public road and transportation projects approved in the County’s Capital Improvement Program?”
  • “Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum principal amount of $98,820,000 to finance, in whole or in part, the costs to design, construct, and equip ES-23 Dulles North Elementary School; the costs to design, construct, and equip ES-29 Dulles South Elementary School; the costs to design, construct, and equip School Security Vestibules; and the costs of other public school facilities as requested by the Loudoun County School Board?”

The two proposed amendments to Virginia’s constitution have to do with providing tax exemptions. The first amendment would allow, but not require, local governments across Virginia to provide a partial tax exemption on residential properties that are subject to recurrent flooding, provided the homeowner undertook improvements to abate or mitigate the situation. The second amendment, if approved, would allow for the surviving spouse of a veteran who had a service-connected disability to have more flexibility in receiving relief from real-estate taxes.

Both proposed constitutional amendments won widespread support in the General Assembly to be placed on the ballot.

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