GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Greensboro residents were asked on Tuesday to check ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on a series of five bonds that were placed on the ballot as one referendum.
All five of the bonds passed.
These bonds, approved by the council earlier this year, totaled $135 million that the city would repay over time. They address what council members consider are both needs and opportunities for the city.
- $14 million to renovate four fire stations.
- $6 million to “improve, secure and maintain” police facilities.
- $15 million to improve sidewalks, streets and bus infrastructure.
- $30 million to buy, build and renovate affordable housing, with a goal of increasing homeownership.
- $70 million to build a joint recreation center/library in East Greensboro and to help expand the Greensboro Science Center.
Both candidates for mayor – incumbent Nancy Vaughan and council member Justin Outling – support the bonds, as do the five of the seven incumbents on the ballot – at least to some extent.
Vaughan and Outling, the current representative of District 3, were instrumental in drafting and approving these bonds.
“Each item was well thought out and necessary,” Vaughan wrote to WGHP. “Affordable housing is my priority, but I will be supporting the other bonds. The Parks & Rec bond, which is for two special projects (the Greensboro Science Center and the proposed Windsor-Chavis-Nocho Community Center), will continue to build upon projects that are uniquely Greensboro. The science center is a tourist destination, bringing money into our city, and continues to embody what a successful public/private partnership should be. The police, fire and transportation bonds will help address critical needs.”