ARLINGTON COUNTY

COURTS/POLICE FACILITY BONDS

Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $53.85 million pursuant to the Public Finance Act to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of constructing and equipping a new courts/police facility including the construction and equipping of related parking facilities, associated reconstruction and improvement to adjacent public facilities, and other related improvements?

Explanation: In May of this year, a fire on the fourth floor of the existing Court House did significant damage to that floor, as well as caused damage to other parts of the existing Court House. This capital project would entail the constructing and equipping of a new courts/police facility, the construction and equipping of related parking facilities, associated reconstruction and improvement to adjacent public facilities, and other related improvements. Funds would also be used to build shell space for a future new Emergency Communications Center within the proposed new courts/police facility.

PUBLIC SCHOOL PROJECTS BONDS

Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $23 million pursuant to the Public Finance Act to finance, together with other available funds, the costs of various capital projects for public school purposes?

Explanation: This proposal would make funds available for the Arlington Public Schools' ongoing capital improvement program.

This funding would be a major part of the next major phase of a multi-year capital program previously adopted and currently being implemented by the Arlington School Board. The schools' capital program was developed after an extensive review of the physical condition of existing school facilities, and an analysis of existing and future facility needs of the public school system.

The following three major components of the schools' capital program will be financed in part from the bond issue: 1) Infrastructure repair and replacement, including the renovation of classroom and lab facilities, the replacement of ceilings, lights, windows and floor tiles, and the provision of emergency lights; 2) heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements including the replacement of boilers and the installation of new, or adjustments to existing, air conditioning systems; and 3) facility alteration and new construction including the construction of classroom additions, storage, and cafeteria facilities, gymnasiums, and renovations to provide elevators, wheelchair lifts, and conversions of bathrooms to accommodate the disabled.

STREETS, HIGHWAYS, AND COMMUNITY CONSERVATION BONDS

Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $10.93 million pursuant to the Public Finance Act to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of street, highway and related improvements and the cost of public improvements made pursuant to County Board approved transportation plans, conservation plans, and other similar plans for residential and commercial areas and other community improvements, including the cost of acquiring, constructing, rehabilitating, landscaping, replacing and improving streets, highways, pedestrians ways, curbs, gutters, bridges, traffic lighting facilities: constructing storm drainage replacements and improvements; relocating utilities above or underground; and acquiring land, right of ways and easements for such projects?

Explanation: This proposal would make funds available for Arlington County's ongoing program of street, highway and community conservation capital improvements.

Included in the street and highway program are projects such as the construction, rehabilitation or replacement of and improvements to streets and highways, bridges, curbs and gutters, bikeways, sidewalks and other pedestrian ways. The funds could also be used for the installation of traffic controls, street lights, for relocating utilities above or underground, for acquiring land, for landscaping, for improving or replacing storm drainage systems, and other improvements to the transportation system as described above.

In addition, this proposal would make funds available for Arlington County's ongoing community conservation efforts. Since the beginning of the Neighborhood Conservation Program in 1964, the county has promoted the joining of citizen initiative and private funds with public funds and resources to improve, upgrade and conserve older residential and commercial areas of Arlington.

Coordinated construction and improvements for community conservation would include all or some of the following: construction of roadways, curbs, gutters and pedestrian ways; lighting; drainage improvements; landscaping; acquisition of land; and relocating utilities above or underground. Projects would include those in commercial and multi-family neighborhoods and are often initiated by the local community, which requests the county to assist in accomplishing its plan.

LOCAL AND REGIONAL PARKS AND RECREATION BONDS

Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $4.22 million pursuant to the Public Finance Act to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of acquiring, constructing, improving and equipping public parks, recreation and community facilities, including facilities jointly operated with other public entities, and to make contributions to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority for similar purposes to serve its member jurisdictions including Arlington County?

Explanation: Arlington has been conducting an active program of acquisition of open space, development of recreation and community facilities and participation in the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Locally, this proposal would continue the ongoing program of acquiring additional open space and the primary efforts will be to acquire land in the Metro corridors, and round out existing sites.

Funds would be used to finance all of some of the following: land acquisition and related demolition of existing structures for, and improvements to, new and existing outdoor passive and active recreation facilities, including the construction and equipping of, and improvements to, related structures and jointly used land and facilities shared between the county and other public entities, such as the county schools.

Arlington County is a member of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority as are Fairfax and Loudoun Counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. Arlington pays a share of the total capital expenditures of the authority. Funds would be used for Arlington's contribution to the capital development program of the Park Authority during part or all of the period through fiscal 1991 including amounts requested from prior years.

FIRE STATION NUMBER THREE BONDS

Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $2.5 million pursuant to the Public Finance Act to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of constructing and equipping a new Fire Station Number 3, including the acquisition of land, construction and equipping of related parking facilities, associated reconstruction and improvement to adjacent public facilities, and other related improvements?

Explanation: This proposal would make funds available for the construction and equipping of a new County Fire Station Number Three facility. Currently, Fire Station Number Three is housed in a facility that was built in 1919. This capital project would entail the land acquisition, construction, and equipping of a new Fire Station Number Three, the construction and equipping of related parking facilities, associated reconstruction and improvement to adjacent public facilities, and other related improvements. Due to the preliminary stage of design and land acquisition activities, only $2.5 million in bond authorization is sought at this time for this project. In the event that additional funds are needed to complete the financing of this project, a second bond referendum would be proposed in 1992.

(Explanations provided by the Arlington County Government)