Whereas Arlington County has a variety of critical infrastructure needs, which the County and Arlington Public Schools are addressing through their respective three-year Capital Improvement Plans, both of which were adopted earlier this year after extensive consideration;
Whereas by meeting its infrastructure needs Arlington County can provide the public facilities and services needed to ensure that the County remains an attractive place to live and conduct business;
Whereas the Arlington County Board has approved four bond referenda which are intended to fund components of the multi-year plans and to appear on the ballot in the upcoming Nov. 2, 2021, election;
Whereas prevailing market rates combined with the County’s AAA bond ratings enable the County to borrow at low interest rates, and the proposed bonds do not exceed the debt limit threshold followed to protect those excellent bond ratings;
Whereas the first bond referendum seeks voters’ approval for issuance of up to $38.7 million in transportation bonds to fund Arlington’s regional obligation for Metro, ongoing paving needs, and bridge maintenance and replacement;
Whereas the second bond referendum seeks voters’ approval for issuance of up to $23.01 million in education bonds for renovations and maintenance at eight Arlington public schools and for Phase 2 of the construction of the new Heights Building;
Whereas the third bond referendum seeks voters’ approval for issuance of up to $17.04 million in bonds for community infrastructure, including renovations and maintenance at three County buildings, other County capital projects, and neighborhood conservation;
Whereas the fourth bond referendum seeks voters’ approval for issuance of up to $6.8 million for parks and recreation bonds for the Bluemont Park Tennis Complex, the Arlington Boathouse, and modernization of local trails;
Whereas each of the target projects is meritorious and affordable; therefore be it
Resolved, that the Arlington County Democratic Committee hereby recommends that voters cast a "YES" vote on all four referenda approved by the Arlington County Board for the Nov. 2, 2021, ballot.
Passed and Approved on the 4th day of August, 2021.