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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- On Tuesday, Forsyth County voters will decide whether or not to pass a $430 million bond referendum.

It will appear as three separate questions on the ballot.

$65 million is proposed to go toward the Forsyth County Community College Bond – covering main campus renovations at Forsyth Technical Community College.

$15 million is proposed to go toward the Forsyth County Parks & Recreational Facilities Bond – covering improvements at Tanglewood, Triad Park, Horizons Park, certain playgrounds and building an agricultural event center.

The bulk of the money, $350 million, would go toward the Forsyth County School Bond for improvement projects.

“We have 17 buildings that are over 50 years old and they are in dire need of attention,” said Alexandra Hoskins, chief of staff for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

If approved, the funding would provide new technology in classrooms, build two new schools and replace and upgrade others.

“We have students that are in modular classrooms or pods and we want to be able to bring them into a brick and mortar building,” Hoskins said.

If all of the bonds are approved, the Forsyth County tax rate will increase by 3.6 cents in 2018-2019 and by 3.8 cents in 2022-2023.

For a house valued at $150,000, that would mean a tax increase in 2018-2019 of $54 per year.

The additional tax in 2022-2023 (for a home of the same value) would be $57 per year.