TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES BONDS

Question: Shall the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County contract a debt, borrow money and issue bonds of Fairfax County in addition to the transportation facilities bonds heretofore authorized, in the aggregate principal amount of $80 million, for the purpose of providing funds, with any other available funds, to finance the cost of constructing and improving transportation facilities in the county, including off-street parking, bus transfer, bus maintenance and other facilities and the acquisition of necessary land and buses?

Explanation: This question would provide funds for three mass transit project areas: 1) up to $36 million to provide the county's matching funds for a federal grant to build park-and-ride and other transit facilities in the Dulles Corridor; 2) up to $25 million for stormwater management and wetlands mitigation, as required by federal law, for the Franconia-Springfield transportation center, at the site of the future Metrorail station; 3) $19 million for land acquisition and construction of a Fairfax Connector bus facility to support extension of feeder bus service in the central, western and northern parts of the county to the Orange Line Metro stations.

HUMAN SERVICES FACILITIES BONDS

Question: Shall the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County contract a debt, borrow money and issue bonds in addition to the human services facilities bonds heretofore authorized, in the aggregate principal amount of $9.5 million, for the purpose of providing funds, with any other available funds, to finance the cost of a project to provide additional human services facilities, including the construction of additional rooms at school building for the School Age Child Care Center program and the construction of an adult home for the mentally ill, and the acquisition of necessary land and equipment?

Explanation: These funds would enable the construction of: 1) a licensed home (long-term housing with support services) for 36 adults with chronic mental illness ($3.3 million); and 2) 23 School-Age Child Care centers in new and existing elementary schools to serve an additional 1500 children ($6.2 million).

HOUSING BONDS

Question: Shall the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County contract a debt, borrow money and issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount fo $21.75 million, for the purpose of providing funds, with any other available funds, for the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority for acquisition of construction of additional rental housing units and housing units for sale to persons of moderate income and additional senior recreation and adult day care facilities, including the acquisition of necessary land and equipment?

Explanation: This includes: 1) $7.9 million for the development of affordable rental housing and housing for sale to moderate-income families; 2) $6.25 million for 110 efficiency apartments at two sites for lower-income single working people; 3) $7.1 million for the Herndon Senior Center, including residences, a senior center, and an adult day health care center; 4) $500,000 million for planning of the future expansion and renovation of the Lewinsville Senior Center.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE BONDS

Question: Shall the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County contract a debt, borrow money and issue bonds in addition to the public safety facilities bonds heretofore authorized, in aggregate principal amount of $4.57 million, for the purpose of providing funds, with any other available funds, to finance the cost of a project to provide public safety and maintenance facilities, including the construction of a vehicle radio repair facility and an animal care shelter, the completion of the fourth floor of the Judicial Center, and the acquisition of necessary land and equipment?

Explanation: This question would fund: 1) expansion of the Circuit Court, including four courtrooms and support spaces, in the existing Judicial Center ($3.03 million); 2) land acquisition and design of a satellite animal shelter in the southeast portion of the County ($750,000); 3) design and construction of a radio repair and installation facility for county-owned vehicles at the Newington garage ($790,000).

TRAIL AND SIDEWALK BONDS

Question: Shall the Board Supervisors for Fairfax County contract a debt, borrow money and issue bonds in the aggregate amount of $8 million for the purpose of providing funds, with any other available funds, to finance the cost of construction of sidewalks and trails, including the acquisition of necessary land?

Explanation: This question would provide $6 million to complete 28 existing trails projects and $2 million to upgrade some older trails to bring them up to current standards.

STORM DRAINAGE BONDS

Question: Shall the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County contract a debt, borrow money and issue bonds in addition to the storm drainage improvement bonds heretofore authorized, in the aggregate principal amount of $6.72 million, for the purpose of providing funds, with any other available funds, to finance the cost of storm drainage improvements to prevent flooding and soil erosion and the acquisition of necessary land?

Explanation: This money would fund completion of 18 ongoing projects, mostly in older areas of the county, where drainage systems are often deficient by modern standards.

SCHOOL BONDS

Question: Shall the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County contract a debt, borrow money and issue bonds in addition to the school bonds heretofore authorized, in the aggregate principal amount of $169.26 million, for the purpose of providing funds, with any other available funds, to finance the cost of construction and acquisition of school improvements, including additions and improvements to sites, the construction of new buildings of additions and alterations to existing buildings, and the furnishing and equipping of buildings or additions to buildings?

Explanation: This question includes: 1) $21.96 million for construction of two new elementary schools and planning of a third elementary school; 2) $103.67 million of renewals of 13 elementary, two intermediate and one high school and planning money for renewals of three elementary and one high school; 3) $17.46 million for air conditioning at 10 elementary, two intermediate, and one high school; 4) $9.32 million for addition of special education facilities for emotionally disturbed children at one elementary, one intermediate and one high school; 5) $16.86 million for other capital requirements, such as boiler, roof and air conditioning system replacements, handicapped access, and underground storage tanks.

(Explanations provided by the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area)