2016 Albemarle County bond referendum
The 2016 Albemarle County bond referendum was a ballot measure that allowed the county to issue $35 million in general obligation bonds in order to finance school improvement projects for county public schools. The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors projected a 1.3 cent increase to the real estate tax rate to repay the bonds with added interest over about 20 years.
Voter education efforts
The Board of Supervisors approved $42,000 in expenditures to provide county residents information about the referendum with educational mailers, fact sheets, advertisements and legal notices.
The referendum passed with 40,193 votes (73.52%) in favor and 14,480 (26.48%) against on November 8, 2016.
Money from the bonds will fund:
- A $15.2 million addition, modernization, renovation project at Woodbrook Elementary.
- $10.9 modernization of 100+ classrooms and science labs across the county.
- $6.0 modernization of seven science labs at Western Albemarle High School, and add three new labs.
- $2.9 million in school security improvements across the district.
- Web. County to spend $42,000 to advertise bond referendum, Aaron Richardson, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Aug 3, 2016, retrieved Nov 11, 2016.
- Web. Voting Results, 2016 Virginia General, Virginia Department of Elections, Nov 8, 2016, retrieved Nov 10, 2016.