We Think: Why Tuesday’s Bond Vote Matters

We Think: Why Tuesday’s Bond Vote Matters

November 2, 2016.

The recent dedication of the Western Loudoun Sheriff’s Office in Round Hill, the third such community substation since Sheriff Mike Chapman took office in 2012, says a lot about the positive direction of public infrastructure in Loudoun County. The same could be said for the Kirkpatrick Farms Fire and Rescue Station, where ground was broken last weekend.

Both demonstrate Loudoun’s commitment to public safety as well as infrastructure development.

Few counties in the nation have experienced anything close to Loudoun’s growth over the past 25 years, and the concurrent need for new infrastructure — whether it’s a school, fire/rescue or sheriff’s station, rec center, library or something else.

To help pay for all of this, four general obligation capital improvement bond referenda are on the ballot Nov. 8, as well as two state constitutional amendments.  We bet few Loudoun voters know much about the $76.1 million requested for parks and projects, the $17.5 million for public safety projects, the $18 million for transportation improvements, or the $233.1 for new schools.

We bet fewer still know how these costs were derived or if they represent the best use of public funds. And since the recent practice of the Board has been to bundle bond referenda by topic area (rather than have a separate referenda on each proposed school, for example), it takes some work to understand exactly what’s on the ballot.

It’s work well worth the effort, and we urge voters to study up on these ballot issues before going to the polls on Tuesday.

It matters.