2022 Bond Referenda

On November 8, 2022 Arlington residents will consider six local bond referenda totaling $510 million. The projects included in these bond questions are components of the County’s Ten-Year FY 2023 – FY 2032 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) adopted on July 19, 2022, and the Arlington Public Schools’ FY 2023 – FY 2032 CIP adopted on June 23, 2022. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to pay for several projects.  Detailed project descriptions can be found in the County’s Adopted FY 2023 – FY 2032 CIP.

Arlington currently holds AAA general obligation bond ratings from the three major bond rating agencies. These strong ratings allow the County to borrow at very low interest rates, resulting in lower costs to Arlington taxpayers.

The six referendum questions and explanations for 2022 are below:

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Metro & Transportation

Amount: $52,630,000

Question

Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $52,630,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) 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 anticipated costs of the projects that may be financed under this proposal are $42.6 million to fund a portion of Arlington County’s share of WMATA / Metro’s capital improvement program, $7.2 million to fund a portion of the costs for paving local streets and roadways, $1.5 million to fund bridge maintenance, $1.1 million for street lighting, $0.2 million for intelligent transportation system device replacement, and $0.1 million for Curb & Gutter Missing Links. 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: $22,460,000

Question

Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $22,460,000 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 anticipated costs of the projects that may be financed under this proposal are $10.8 million for parks maintenance capital and master planning projects, $4.4 million for Jennie Dean Park Phase 2, $2.9 million for Arlington Boathouse, $2.0 million for the Natural Resiliency Program, $2.0 million for the Emerging Uses Program, and $0.3 for the synthetic turf program. 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: $53,300,000

Question

Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $53,300,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects, including but not limited to facilities maintenance capital, facilities design and construction, the Arlington Neighborhoods Program, and other County infrastructure?

 

Explanation

This proposal will fund a variety of County infrastructure projects.  The anticipated costs of the projects that may be financed under this proposal are $13.1 million for Courts / Police building improvements, $12.7 million for facilities design and construction, $12.0 million for Courthouse Complex Renovations and Infrastructure, $7.4 million for fire station replacements and additions, $5.0 million for Neighborhood Conservation, and $3.1 million for facilities maintenance capital. 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: $165,010,000

Question

Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $165,010,000 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 anticipated costs of the projects that may be financed under this proposal are:

  • Career Center Campus Project ($135,970,000)
  • Kitchen and Entrance / Security Vestibule Renovation Program ($12,240,000)
  • Major Infrastructure Projects ($16,800,000)

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.

 

Stormwater

Amount: $39,760,000

Question

Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $39,760,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for the County Stormwater Program?

 

Explanation

This proposal will fund a variety of County stormwater projects.  anticipated costs of the projects that may be financed under this proposal are:

Capacity Improvements

  • Spout Run Watershed ($13,260,000)
  • Langston Boulevard / Sycamore Street Culverts ($6,750,000)
  • Torreyson Run Watershed ($5,955,000)
  • Other Capacity Improvement Projects ($8,025,000)

Water Quality Improvements

  • Gulf Branch Stream ($2,750,000)
  • Sparrow Pond Watershed ($1,275,000)
  • Other Water Quality Improvements ($1,745,000)

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

 

 

Utilities

Amount: $177,360,000

Question

Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $177,360,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of designing, expanding, improving, and renovating Arlington County’s Water Pollution Control Plant and the water and sewer systems serving the County?

 

Explanation

This proposal funds significant improvements to the County’s wastewater treatment, water, and sewer infrastructure.    The anticipated costs of the projects that may be funded with bond funds are $159.5 million for the Water Pollution Control Plant to meet more stringent environmental regulations and will provide additional plant capacity to meet growing population and development in the County, $15.0 million for improvements to the Washington Aqueduct system, and $2.9 million for improvements to Gravity Transmission Mains.    The County Board may reallocate bond funds among other utility projects within the County’s Capital Improvement Plan, as amended from time to time, to the extent necessary or desirable.

 

 

   

Prior Bond Referenda Information 1951-2021(PDF, 205KB)

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