Over half of Henrico bond referendum will go towards schools if passed

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va.(WRIC) — Come November, voters in Henrico will have to decide whether or not to pass a $419 million bond referendum.

Over half of that money will go toward schools and it won’t cost taxpayers a dime. If it passes, 26 projects will be on the table to spruce up the county. Of that, 12 of those projects would involve revamping schools, accounting for $272 million.

“This is the way that we keep our schools fresh or if we need to build new schools. Out of the 12, only one new school will be built. Eight of the projects are rehabilitation projects for schools that average about 60 years.”, explains Henrico County Supervisor Tyrone Nelson.

The rest of that money will go towards parks, libraries, fire stations and roads projects.

Tiffany Dews says Henrico’s schools are the reason she and her family moved to the county, and thinks the referendum is needed.

“I think it’s excellent. I think it’s a really good thing because a lot of the schools here actually in Henrico county are older schools, so I think it’s an excellent thing to do,” she says.

Supervisor Nelson says this is the first bond referendum for Henrico since 2005.

The funding for the schools portion will be covered by the Meals Tax.

When asked why more than half of the money going to schools, Supervisor Nelson replied, “I think it kind of speaks to who Henrico County is. If you look at our budget every year, 56% of our budget goes to schools. It kind of matches, our capital investments are largest in the school area.”

For more details on the proposed bond referendum and for a full list of the 26 projects visit http://henrico.us/bonds/.Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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