2014 Bond Referenda

The projects included in these bond questions are components of the County’s ten-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Arlington Public Schools’ CIP, adopted in July 2014. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to pay for several projects.  Project descriptions can be found in the County’s FY 2015-2024 CIP.

The plan primarily focuses on reinvesting in aging infrastructure and funding strategic transportation and recreation initiatives.  The CIP was guided by the Board’s adopted financial and debt management policies which help ensure that the County maintains its Aaa/AAA/AAA bond ratings.

Arlington is one of only 39 counties in the nation to receive AAA ratings from the three major rating agencies. These strong bond ratings allow the County to borrow at very low interest rates, resulting in lower costs to Arlington taxpayers.

On November 4, 2014 Arlington residents voted on four local bond referenda totaling $219 million. The four questions and explanations are below:

Category Amount Question Explanation
1. Metro & Transportation $60,240,000 Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $60,240,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and other transit, pedestrian, road or transportation projects? This proposal would fund a variety of transportation, road, pedestrian enhancement and transit projects, not to include the streetcar, across the County. The largest component of this proposal would fund Arlington County’s share of WMATA/Metro’s capital improvement program, including the Metro Capital Improvement Program to improve regional mobility and accessibility and relieve traffic congestion. This proposal would also provide matching funds for certain transportation projects that receive state and federal funding. Proceeds of this proposal would also fund a portion of the costs for paving local streets and roadways, as well as the WALKArlington, BikeArlington, and Neighborhood Complete Streets programs. The County Board may reallocate bond funds among the various projects to the extent necessary or desirable.
2. Local Parks & Recreation $13,070,000 Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $13,070,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for local parks & recreation, and land acquisition for parks and open space? The proposed Local Parks & Recreation program would fund parks improvements and enhancements, and land acquisition for parks and open space.   Approximately $2.0 million for the Land Acquisition and Open Space programs is expected to fund strategic park acquisitions . This proposal would also fund maintenance capital improvements such as playground, courts and other parks infrastructure improvements. The County Board may reallocate bond funds among the various projects to the extent necessary or desirable.
3. Community Infrastructure $39,900,000 Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $39,900,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for County facilities, information technology, and infrastructure? This proposal will provide funding for Board-approved Neighborhood Conservation projects. The Neighborhood Conservation Program provides funding for a variety of neighborhood-identified capital improvement projects including street improvements (sidewalk, curb and gutter, drainage, paving), traffic management and pedestrian enhancements, park improvements, street lighting, recreational facilities, landscaping, and beautification.
4. Arlington Public Schools $105,780,000 Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $105,780,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the costs of various capital projects for Arlington Public Schools? This proposal would make funds available for the Arlington Public Schools’ capital improvement program. The proposed bonds will fund the design and construction of various School facility projects including new elementary schools, building additions for additional classroom space and maintenance capital projects. The School Board may reallocate bond funds among the various projects to the extent necessary or desirable.

 

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