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Referendums on the Virginia 2021 ballot



Here is a breakdown of all of the referendums on the ballot today in Virginia along with the potential impacts.



AMHERST COUNTY

Topic: Offtrack Pari-Mutuel Wagering

Question: Shall pari-mutuel wagering be permitted in Amherst County at satellite facilities in accordance with Chapter 29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia?

Effect: Would make pari-mutuel wagering legal in the County. Pari-mutuel betting, also known as pool betting, is a unique form of betting. Instead of placing wagers against a bookmaker, you're placing wagers against other bettors who have placed wagers on the same event. All wagers go into a pool, and the pool is shared equally between those who make the winning selection. As might be expected, a small percentage of all total wagers is deducted by the "house." When it comes to pari-mutuel betting, the house is typically a state-run organization or a private company that provides pari-mutuel betting services.


ARLINGTON COUNTY

Topic: Arlington Public Schools

Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $23,0 I 0,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for Arlington Public Schools?

Effect: This proposal will make funds available for the Arlington Public Schools' capital improvement program. The proposed bonds are expected to fund the following projects:

  • Building refresh and kitchen renovations at Campbell, Drew, and Randolph, Long Branch, and Hoffman-Boston Elementary Schools, Swanson and Kenmore Middle Schools, and the Langston High School Continuation Program ($11,620,000)

  • Phase 2 of The Heights Building ($11,390,000)

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ARLINGTON COUNTY (2)

Topic: Community Infrastructure

Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $17,035,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects, including but not limited to Neighborhood Conservation, improvements to County facilities in the Court House area, and other County infrastructure?

Effect: This proposal will fund a variety of County infrastructure projects. The projects to be financed under this proposal are expected to be $8.0 million for Courthouse Complex Renovations and Infrastructure, $4.6 million for facilities maintenance capital projects, $2.0 million for Neighborhood Conservation, $1.8 million for Courts / Police Building Improvements, and $0.7 million for the Quincy Property redevelopment. The County Board may reallocate bond funds among other County and community infrastructure projects within the County's Capital Improvement Plan, as amended from time to time, to the extent necessary or desirable.


ARLINGTON COUNTY (3)

Topic: Local Parks and Recreation

Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $6,800,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for local parks & recreation?

Effect: This proposal will fund a variety of parks and recreation projects. The projects to be financed under this proposal are expected to be $5.0 million for the Bluemont Park Tennis Court Complex, $1.0 million for the trail and bridge modernization program, $0.8 million for the Arlington Boathouse. The County Board may reallocate bond funds among other parks and recreation projects within the County's Capital Improvement Plan, as amended from time to time, to the extent necessary or desirable.


ARLINGTON COUNTY (4)

Topic: Metro and Transportation

Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $38,700,000 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?

Effect: This proposal will fund various transportation, road, pedestrian enhancement, and transit projects across the County. The projects to be financed under this proposal are expected to be $20.7 million to fund a portion of Arlington County's share of WMATA / Metro's capital improvement program, $17.5 million to fund a portion of the costs for paving local streets and roadways, and $0.5 million to fund bridge maintenance, and replacement. The County Board may reallocate bond funds among other transportation projects within the County's Capital Improvement Plan, as amended from time to time, to the extent necessary or desirable.


DANVILLE CITY

Topic: Sales Tax

Question: Should the City of Danville be authorized to levy a general retail sales tax at a rate not to exceed one percent ( 1% ), provided the revenue from the sales tax shall be used solely for capital projects for the construction or renovation of schools in the City of Danville and that the sales tax shall expire by May 31, 2041?

Effect: This referendum, if approved, would allocate one percent of the city's sales tax to be used in the construction or renovation of the city's school. This tax requirement will last until 2041, when then voters would have to reauthorize it.


DANVILLE CITY (2)

Topic: School Bonds

Question: Shall the City of Danville, Virginia, contract a debt and issue its general obligation school bonds in the maximum amount of One Hundred Forty-One Million Dollars ($141,000,000) pursuant to the City Charter and the Public Finance Act of 1991 to provide funds, together with other available funds, to undertake a program of capital improvement projects involving the renovation of, and construction of additions to, Danville public schools?

Effect: Voting in favor of this referendum would authorize funding to begin the construction of additions and renovation of thCity's's public schools.


EMPORIA CITY

Topic: OffTrack Pari-Mutuel Wagering

Question: Shall pari-mutuel wagering be permitted in the City of Emporia at satellite facilities in accordance with Chapter 29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia?

Effect: Would make off-track pari-mutuel wagering legal in the city. An off-track pari-mutuel system means a computerized system, or component of such a system, used in connection with a pari-mutuel pool to transmit information on wagering such as amounts wagered, odds, and payoffs on races, in pari-mutuel betting, the gambler bets against other gamblers. The pari-mutuel system is usually used in gambling on horse racing.


EMPORIA CITY (2)

Topic: Pari-Mutuel Wagering

Question: Shall pari-mutuel wagering be permitted in the City of Emporia at satellite facilities in accordance with Chapter 29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia?

Effect: Would make pari-mutuel wagering legal in the city. Pari-mutuel betting, also known as pool betting, is a unique form of betting. Instead of placing wagers against a bookmaker, you're placing wagers against other bettors who have placed wagers on the same event. All wagers go into a pool, and the pool is shared equally between those who make the winning selection. As might be expected, a small percentage of all total wagers is deducted by the "house." When it comes to pari-mutuel betting, the house is typically a state-run organization or a private company that provides pari-mutuel betting services.


FAIRFAX COUNTY

Topic: Public School Bonds

Question: Shall Fairfax County, Virginia, contract a debt, borrow money, and issue capital improvement bonds in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $360,000,000 for the purposes of providing funds, in addition to funds from school bonds previously authorized, to finance, including reimbursement to the County for temporary financing for, the costs of school improvements, including acquiring, building, expanding, and renovating properties, including new sites, new buildings or additions, renovations and improvements to existing buildings, and furnishings and equipment, for the Fairfax County public school system?

Effect: The $360 million in bonds requested for Fairfax County Public Schools would fund the planning and design or construction phase for 14 schools and site acquisition for a future western high school. Fairfax County residents must vote to approve general obligation bonds since they are a future taxpayer obligation.


GOOCHLAND COUNTY

Topic: Courts, Law Enforcement, and Public Safety

Question: Shall the County of Goochland, Virginia (the "County") contract a debt and issue its General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds in the maximum amount of Thirty-Six Million Dollars ($36,000,000) to provide funds, together with other available funds, to undertake a program of Capital Improvement Projects for the construction and equipping of (1) a courthouse, including related law enforcement facilities, and (2) a fire station, in the County?

Effect: The proposal would fund the construction of a new courthouse and fire station in the County. The term "related law enforcement facilities" is not defined clearly in this referendum in this instance, but it could mean (using the definition of a "law enforcement facility" ) a building that contains a Type I Jail, Temporary Holding Facility, or Lockup. It, however, does not include a Type II or III jail, which has the purpose of detaining adults charged with criminal law violations while awaiting trial or sentenced adult criminal offenders.


GOOCHLAND COUNTY (2)

Topic: Public Schools

Question: Shall the County of Goochland, Virginia (the "county") contract a debt and issue its General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds in the maximum amount of Sixty Million Dollars ($60,000,000) to provide funds, together with other available funds, to undertake a program of Capital Improvement Projects for (1) the construction and equipping of a new elementary school, (2) improvements to modernize and upgrade existing middle and high school facilities, and (3) improvements to roads and existing parking lots to improve traffic flow on the roads leading to and from the new elementary school and existing middle and high school facilities, in the County?

Effect: This proposal would provide $60,000,000 to fund the construction of a new elementary school update area middle and high schools and make improvements to both roads and parking lots that are either attached or lead to area schools


LOUDOUN COUNTY

Topic: Public Safety Projects

Question: Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum principal amount of $7,190,000 to finance, in whole or in part, the design, construction, equipping and other costs of Fire and Rescue Basic Training Facility and Fire and Rescue Station #28 Leesburg South; and the costs of other public safety facilities approved in the CBoard'sCounty'sCapital Improvement Program?

Effect: The referendum would authorize funding for the construction of the County's County's"Fire and Rescue Basic Training Facility as well as the Fire and Rescue Station #28 Leesburg South.


LOUDOUN COUNTY (2)

Topic: School Projects

Question: Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum principal amount of $135,026,000 to finance, in whole or in part, the design, construction, equipping, and other costs of ES-32 Dulles South Elementary School, LCPS Facility Renewals and Alterations, and Valley Service Center Replacement and Bus Parking; and the costs of other public school facilities as requested by the Loudoun County School Board?

Effect: This referendum would approve the design, construction of ES-32 Dulles South Elementary School, LCPS Facility Renewals and Alterations, and the Valley Service Center Replacement and Bus Parking. The Loudoun County School Board has requested these projects, and voting against these projects would reject the School Board'sCounty's " request.


LOUDOUN COUNTY (3)

Topic: Transportation Projects

Question: Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum principal amount of $68,243,000 to finance, in whole or in part, the design, construction, and other costs of improvements to Evergreen Mills Road (Reservoir Road to Watson Road), Farmwell Road Intersection Improvements, a roundabout at Route 9 and Route 287, Shellhorn Road (Loudoun County Parkway to Dulles Airport Property), Shellhorn Road (Dulles Airport Property to Moran Road), and Waxpool Road/Loudoun County Parkway Intersection Improvements; and the costs of other public road and transportation projects approved in the County's Capital Improvement Program?

Effect: This referendum would approve the funds to begin the design, construction, and other costs of improvements to Evergreen Mills Road (Reservoir Road to Watson Road), Farmwell Road Intersection Improvements, a roundabout at Route 9 and Route 287, Shellhorn Road (Loudoun County Parkway to Dulles Airport Property), Shellhorn Road (Dulles Airport Property to Moran Road), and Waxpool Road/Loudoun County Parkway Intersection Improvements. The projects have already been approved in the Loudoun County's Capital Improvement Program. Voting against this referendum would overturn the County's decision.


MATHEWS COUNTY

Topic: Monument Relocation

Question: Shall the Mathews County Board of Supervisors relocate the Soldier's & Sailor's Monument located at the comer of Court and Church Streets on the Historic Court Green?

Effect: The proposal would move the Soldier's & Sailor'sSoldier's Monument to a new location at Historic Court Green.


MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Topic: Advisory Referendum

Question: Should the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors remove the Civil War Monument from the Historic Courthouse grounds located at 865 General Puller Highway, Saluda, Virginia 23149?

Effect: Voting for the referendum would remove the Civil War Monument from the Historic Courthouse grounds.


NOTTOWAY COUNTY

Topic: Relocation of Confederate War Memorial

Question: Should the County of Nottoway remove and relocate the 1893 Confederate War Memorial that sits directly in front of the Courthouse?

Effect: Voting for the referendum would remove the 1893 Confederate War Memorial from the Courthouse grounds.


PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY

Topic: Sales Tax

Question: Should Pittsylvania County be authorized to levy a general sales tax at a rate not to exceed one percent (1%), provided the revenue from the sales tax be used solely for capital projects for the construction or renovation of schools in Pittsylvania County and that the sales tax shall expire by September 30, 2051?

Effect: This proposal would enact a 1% local sales tax referendum for county school renovation and construction. Like most Virginia Public School divisions, Pittsylvania County has many older school facilities with significant capital needs. Over the next decade, the Division has HVAC and window replacement needs and building renovations at seven elementary schools and the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center, totaling $20 million.


RICHMOND CITY

Topic: Casino Gaming

Question: Shall casino gaming be permitted at a casino gaming establishment in the City of Richmond, Virginia, at 2001 Walmsley Boulevard and 4700 Trenton Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23234 as may be approved by the Virginia Lottery Board?

Effect: Voting for this referendum would approve the construction of a casino at 2001 Walmsley Boulevard and 4700 Trenton Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23234. The Virginia Lottery Board has already approved the construction, and voting against this referendum would nullify the Virginia Lottery Board's decision.


SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY

Topic: PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Question: Shall the County of Spotsylvania, Virginia (the "County") contract a debt and issue its General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds in the maximum amount of Two Hundred Six Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($206,800,000) to provide funds, together with other available funds, to undertake a program of Capital Improvement Projects for the Spotsylvania County Public Schools, including without limitation (1) the acquisition of real property for future public school sites, construction and equipping of new public schools and additions to existing public schools; (2) public school capital maintenance purposes, including HVAC and roof replacements, asphalt/sidewalk construction and replacement, and other capital maintenance projects; (3) school transportation purposes including acquisition of new and replacement school buses; (4) school technology purposes including upgrades to and replacements of existing equipment; and (5) acquisition, construction and equipping or rehabilitation of such other capital school assets as may be required to address the actual educational needs of the residents of the County?

Effect: Voting for this referendum would authorize Spotsylvania County to:

  1. Acquire real property for future public school sites, construct and equip new public schools, and update existing public schools;

  2. Improve public school capital maintenance (HVAC and roof replacements, asphalt/sidewalk construction and replacement, and other capital maintenance projects)

  3. Improve school transportation and buy new and replacement school buses;

  4. Improve school technology and replace existing equipment;

  5. Acquire, construct and equip or rehabilitate such other capital school assets as needed


SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY (2)

Topic: TRANSPORTATION

Question: Shall the County of Spotsylvania, Virginia (the "County") contract a debt and issue its General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds in the maximum amount of One Hundred One Million Seven Hundred Forty-Two Thousand Five Hundred Nine Dollars ($101,742,509) to provide funds, together with other available funds, to undertake a program of Capital Improvement Projects for transportation purposes, including without limitation (1) improvements to certain on-ramps to and intersections of Route 1 near and around the Veterans Administration Clinic; (2) extension and improvements to Germanna Point Drive to provide an alternate travel route for traffic; (3) widening of portions of Route 2 and Route 17 to four lanes; (4) widening of a portion of Harrison Road to include a shared-use path and a pedestrian sidewalk; (5) acquisition, design and construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Old Plank Road and Andora Drive; (6) acquisition, design and construction of improvements to the County's rural roads, including intersection improvements, construction of shoulders to rural roads, and paving of unpaved public roads; and (7) funding of the County's share of other pedestrian, bicycle and shared-use paths and "Safe Routes to School" sidewalk projects so that the County may receive matching funds under the Federal aid highway program known as the Transportation Alternatives Program, or any substantially similar or replacement federal or state highway financing program?

Effect: Voting for this referendum would authorize funding for:

  1. Improvements to certain on-ramps to and intersections of Route 1 near and around the Veterans Administration Clinic

  2. Extensions and improvements to Germanna Point Drive to provide an alternate travel route for traffic

  3. Widening of portions of Route 2 and Route 17 to four lanes

  4. Widening of a portion of Harrison Road to include a shared-use path and a pedestrian sidewalk

  5. Acquisition, design and construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Old Plank Road and Andora Drive

  6. Acquisition, design, and construction of improvements to the County's" rural roads, including intersection improvements, construction of shoulders to rural roads, and paving of unpaved public roads

  7. Funding of the County's share of other pedestrian, bicycle, and shared-use paths and "Safe Routes to School" sidewalk projects


SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY (3)

Topic: PUBLIC SAFETY

Question: Shall the County of Spotsylvania, Virginia (the "County") contract a debt and issue its General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds in the maximum amount of Thirty-Two Million One Hundred Sixty Two Thousand Four Hundred Seventy-Four Dollars ($32,162,474) to provide funds, together with other available funds, to undertake a program of Capital Improvement Projects for public safety purposes, including without limitation (1) the construction and equipping of (a) a fire training and logistics center, including classrooms, office and storage space and related facilities, (b) a replacement fire/rescue station in the area of Partlow and Wallers Roads, and (c) a new fire/rescue station in the area of Massaponax Church Road and Route 1; and (2) replacements of fire and EMS equipment, including new fire trucks and ambulances?

Effect: The proposal would authorize the construction of:

  1. Afire training and logistics center, including classrooms, office and storage space and related facilities,

  2. A replacement fire/rescue station in the area of Partlow and Wallers Roads

  3. A new fire/rescue station in the area of Massaponax Church Road and Route 1

  4. Replacements of fire and EMS equipment, including new fire trucks and ambulances


SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY (4)

Topic: PARKS AND RECREATION

Question: Shall the County of Spotsylvania, Virginia (the "County") contract a debt and issue its General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds in the maximum amount of Fifty-Eight Million Dollars ($58,000,000) to provide funds, together with other available funds from the County or other sources, if any, to undertake a project for recreation purposes in the County, being the construction and equipping of an indoor swimming and fitness facility to include an Olympic-sized competition swimming pool, a warm-up/therapy pool, fitness, and wellness facilities, and related facilities including locker rooms, food and beverage areas and storage, and related incidental improvements such as parking lots, lighting and landscaping?

Effect: Voting for this referendum would authorize the construction of an indoor swimming and fitness facility to include:

  1. An Olympic-sized competition swimming pool,

  2. A warm-up/therapy pool,

  3. Fitness and wellness facilities,

  4. Locker rooms, food and beverage areas, and storage, and

  5. Related incidental improvements such as parking lots, lighting, and landscaping

VIRGINIA BEACH CITY

Topic: Bond Referendum

Question:Shall the City of Virginia Beach issue general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $567,500,000 pursuant to the City Charter and the Public Finance Act to fund the design and construction of flood mitigation measures as part of a comprehensive flood protection program that includes the following Phase 1 projects: Chubb Lake / Lake Bradford Outfall, Church Point/Thoroughgood Drainage Improvements, Central Resort District - 24th Street Culvert, Central Resort District Drainage Improvements, Eastern Shore Drive - Elevate Lynnhaven Drive, Eastern Shore Drive - Phase 1, Section 1F Improvements, Eastern Shore Drive - Phase 1, Section 1G Improvements, Eastern Shore Drive - Poinciana Pump Station, First Colonial Road & Oceana Boulevard Drainage Improvements, Princess Anne Plaza Golf Course Conversion, Princess Anne Plaza North London Bridge Creek Tide Gate, Barriers, and Pump Station, Pungo Ferry Road Improvements, Sandbridge/New Bridge Intersection Improvements, Seatack Neighborhood Drainage Improvements, Stormwater Green Infrastructure, The Lakes - Flood Barriers, The Lakes - Holland Road Gate, West Neck Creek Bridge Replacement, Windsor Woods - Thalia Creek/Lake Trashmore Improvements, Windsor Woods Flood Barriers, and Windsor Woods Pump Station?

Effect: The referendum, if enacted, would approve several flood mitigation programs in the city.

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