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Voters Pass All Four Fairfax County Bond Referenda

The bonds passed with majorities of about 70 percent or more.

Fairfax County residents voted to approve all four bond referenda on the Tuesday's ballot by wide margins.

Final unofficials results from the Virginia State Board of Elections show that about 70 percent of county voters approved of a $25 million bond that will go towards the construction of a new library in Reston and the renovations of three more within the county. 

More than 72 percent of voted approved of a $75 million bond that will used to fund widespread improvements to a number of county parks.

Nearly 75 percent of county voters also said "yes" to a $55 million public safety bond that will fund new facilities for the county's fire department and renovations in the county courthouse.

And about 78 percent of voters approved of a $30 million bond that will fund levees and a pumping station to assist the flood-prone Huntington neighborhood.

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Fairfax County residents went to the polls Tuesday, to vote on a number of county bond referenda for parks, libraries and more.

Ten million dollars of the $25 million library bond will be allocated for construction of a new Reston Regional Library. The remaining money will go towards renovations for Pohick Regional LibraryJohn Marshall Library, and Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library.

The $75 million park bond, if approved by voters, will help pay for improvements to many county parks. Of the total, $63 million will go the Fairfax County Park Authority, and $12 million will pay for the county's share of costs to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority

A $55 million public safety bond would pay to rebuild three fire stations and renovate 22 courtrooms in the Fairfax County Courthouse.

Finally, the $30 million stormwater bond would pay to build a levee and pumping station to protect the Huntington neighborhood from flooding.

Patch will update these results as they come in Tuesday night. 

Results

Library Bond Percent "Yes" Percent "No" Fairfax County 69.99 30.01 Park Bond Percent "Yes" Percent "No" Fairfax County 72.09 27.91 Public Safety Bond Percent "Yes" Percent "No" Fairfax County 74.5 25.5 Stormwater Bond Percent "Yes" Percent "No" Fairfax County 76.7 23.3
Spencer Williams November 07, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Taxes will have to be raised to pay off the bonds. Debt is bad. I'm in favor of libraries and improvements, but it is just not honest to sell bonds to raise the money. Inflation is the result of governmental [at all levels] debt. You pay by rising prices on everything if you don't pay by taxation.
T Ailshire November 07, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Bond issues are just a formality in Fairfax County. This county LOVES to borrow money.
DGeorge November 07, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I don't know what libraries will look like in the coming years but I am sure that E-Books will surely have a profound affect on them. Libraries will get smaller, not bigger. It is already beginning to show in the magazine and newspaper business. There will no longer be printed newspapers in a few years and books will follow. Newsweek has already gone digital. Libraries will exist not as physical buildings but on the internet or whatever we will call the internet then. It is a giant waste of money to expand the libraries now, let them shrink on their own and just melt away.
OhNo November 07, 2012 at 01:15 PM
There will always be a need for a library to have physical place in FX county because of social services. You have all types of people who need it. Homeless, unemployed, children, teenagers. They stay in the building from opening to closing. FX social services should be billed for library services. If you are tech savvy, have money, then sure, digital libraries are useful to you but not to the majority of library users. I used to be a librarian in FX county and I voted against this bond because FX co has enough libraries to take care of everybody. Sam Clay reduced the staff to skeleton numbers and now he wants to add a library? Staff was so small that we were told not to answer the phones on Sundays. Did you know that? Who is going to work in this new library? He's going to have to create new positions but that's kinda stupid considering how many he lost during the RIF. As with everything in life, you don't know what's going on behind the scenes until you've worked there. The new Reston library will be a homeless shelter, daycare center, teen center and a haven for gangs--just like all the other county libraries.
DGeorge November 07, 2012 at 02:03 PM
The Reston library is already a homeless shelter. The upholstered chairs are occupied by SLEEPING homeless men, their backpacks littering the floor. The library staff, I'm sure, is intimidated by these people, as they ignore the situation. Take a stop by the library on any day and see for yourself.
Fairfax grandad November 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Ugh. These referendums are written so people will say, "yes, why would I vote against libraries, parks, etc." Do people even know what they are voting for? If it isn't a school I don't vote for it. Borrowing money to improve libraries when they won't even exist in 20 years is just ridiculous. Why are we already redoing courthouse rooms. None of them in use is even that old?. Like another person said, bond referedums are just a formality in Fairfax and its too bad because in the end it usually just throws taxpayer money down the drain.
flyNorth November 07, 2012 at 02:33 PM
DGeorge - It's because the homeless shelter is located immediately next door to the library. As for the long term future of the library, I think it's still to early in the digital revolution to know what it will look like in twenty years. However with the metro coming to Reston, the current library is going to get bulldozed for a new high rise .
the-stix November 07, 2012 at 08:12 PM
A good cause is all that it takes for most Dem admins to borrow and spend money. They seem never to consider that building a new library or or firehouse could (and should) wait a few years until economic times are better. And voters are no different it seems.
T Ailshire November 07, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Not just Dem admins. I've only lived here 10 years, but I've noticed the voters never met a bond issue they didn't like, which only encourages the Board of Supervisors to keep putting them on the ballot.
Keithustus November 08, 2012 at 09:09 AM
the-stix, borrowing money when interest rates are low is much cheaper than borrowing and building when they're high. Doing the same projects in a few years would be more expensive, even ignoring additional degradation over time. Economically, now (or a few years ago) is the best time to do these projects. Whether undertaking the projects is wise is a different question.
Terp November 08, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Debt is bad? Capitalism is built on borrowing. Businesses borrow every day with short- and long-term debt. Virtually everyone that buys a house does so with a mortgage. The automotive industry would be tiny if consumers couldn't finance cars. It would be unreasonable to expect governments to pay for something in one fiscal year that will be used over 20 or 30 years. Then the debt gets paid back over time with taxes. What is dishonest about that?
the-stix November 09, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Are you saying Fairfax County can not wait to build new firehouses and libraries because of the fear that future interest rates will be higher? If so, that must assume that the economy will remain stagnant and our ability to pay future higher rates will be no better (or worse) than today. Where is the County justification for this dire need for immediate spending? This falls in the category of a "nice to have" in this sluggish economic environment, as far as I am concerned. But then libraries and firehouse are a “good cause” at any time.. who can say no, especially since someone else will pay the bill in the future anyway? .

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