2021 Bond Referenda

On November 2, 2021 Arlington residents will consider four local bond referenda totaling $86 million. The projects included in these bond questions are components of the County’s Three-Year FY 2022 – FY 2024 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) adopted in July 2021, and the Arlington Public Schools’ FY 2022 – FY 2024 CIP adopted in June 2021. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to pay for several projects.  Detailed project descriptions can be found in the County’s Adopted FY 2022 – FY 2024 CIP.

Arlington currently holds 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.

The four referendum questions and explanations for 2021 are below:

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Metro & Transportation

Amount: $38,700,000

Questions

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?

Explanation

This proposal will fund a variety of 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.

Local Parks & Recreation

Amount: $6,800,000

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?

Explanation 

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.

Community Infrastructure

Amount: $17,035,000

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?

Explanation

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 Public Schools

Amount: $23,010,000

Question

Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $23,010,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for Arlington Public Schools?

Explanation

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)

The School Board may reallocate bond funds among other school projects within the School Board’s Capital Improvement Plan, as amended from time to time, to the extent necessary or desirable.

Prior Bond Referenda Information 1951-2020(PDF, 372KB)

Office of Voter Registration where more information on General and Special Elections can be found.

For questions on the bond referenda, please contact Jason Friess in the Department of Management & Finance at 703-228-3422 or JFriess@arlingtonva.us