Henrico kicks off community meetings on 2022 bond referendum

First meeting will be Aug. 17 at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center

Henrico residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the county’s plans to invest nearly $511.4 million in schools, parks and other public facilities when the county hosts on Wednesday, Aug. 17 its first community meeting on the 2022 bond referendum.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The public is welcome to attend in-person or virtually via WebEx.

“We hope residents will come to one of our meetings and do all they can to learn about the 2022 bond referendum,” Deputy County Manager for Administration W. Brandon Hinton said. “From new and renovated schools, parks, firehouses and more, the projects we’re proposing to fund would have substantial impact on Henrico’s services and the quality of life we enjoy.”

At Wednesday’s meeting, officials will provide an overview of the bond referendum, highlight the proposed projects and answer questions.

The bond referendum will provide four questions on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Voters will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” on whether to approve funding through the issuance of general-obligation bonds for proposed capital projects in four categories: schools; recreation and parks; fire stations and public safety facilities; and flood prevention and stormwater drainage. Approval of the bonds would not require an increase in county tax rates.

“By issuing general-obligation bonds, we are issuing debt at the very lowest interest rate for our taxpayers and accomplishing significant projects,” Hinton said.

Officials will schedule additional community meetings in the weeks ahead. They also are accepting invitations to make presentations to neighborhood and civic organizations.

More information, including the list of projects to be funded, is at henrico.us/bonds.

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