Voters in Henrico and Chesterfield counties are being asked to allow their governments to borrow a half-billion dollars apiece to spend on schools, libraries, public safety and other infrastructure needs.
In Henrico, the ballots include four yes or no questions on the sale of bonds, or debt. If all were approved, the county could fund a projected $511.35 million on proposed projects.
The biggest question facing voters is whether to authorize bonds totaling $340.5 million to be used to build two new schools and renovate, rebuild or expand six others.
The ballot also seeks to gain voter approval for $83.85 million in bonds to improve fire stations and other public safety infrastructure, $37 million for recreation and parks and $50 million in bonds for storm draining and flood prevention.
In Chesterfield, voters will face just one question, whether to endorse the county’s proposal to sell $540 million in bonds.
The county’s plan calls for borrowing $375 million to build two new schools, replace four others and expand one high school.
With voter approval, another $81 million is to be used to expand or replace four fire stations and improve four police stations; $45.7 million is to be used to build a new library, replace an existing library and expand a third; and $38.2 million is to be used to upgrade recreation and parks facilities.