While Fairfax County’s election results were closely watched on the national stage due to their impact on national politics, many county residents and government officials were much more interested in the outcome of the local bond referendums.
As is typically the case, all four of the bond issues got overwhelming support from voters, each earning 70 percent or more of votes from those that weighed in on that section of the ballot. More than 100,000 voters who participated in the election did not cast votes on the bond questions.
The approvals allow the county to borrow $185 million for parks, libraries, fire and police stations and flood protection for the Huntington community.
While it is a different type of bond than the county normally issues, the Huntington flood protection bond got more support than any other, with nearly 77 percent approval. It will allow the county to borrow $30 million to construct a levee and pump system to provide flood protection to the Huntington community.
The other bonds will support renovations of three libraries, construction of a new library, renovations of 22 courtrooms, rebuilding three fire stations and a host of park projects.
Most voters at the polls support more county investment in infrastructure.
“I am a big proponent of the libraries and the parks,” said Clifton resident Rhonda Hulley, who said it was important to her to support those bonds.
However, there are also those fiscally conservative voters like Matt Labudzki, of Clifton, who opposed the borrowing.
“I want fiscal responsibility,” he said. “People, including governments, have to learn to live within their means.”
Unlike the federal government, Fairfax County is required to produce a balanced budget every year. The county also has a self-imposed cap on borrowing to ensure that its debt service costs remain manageable and the county retains its AAA bond rating.