Breaking Down the Mecklenburg County Bond Referendums

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five hundred million dollars in bonds for education will be decided today by Mecklenburg County voters.  The money would fund upgrades and expansion at both Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Central Piedmont Community College.

CMS is asking for 290 million dollars.  Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison says, “Statesville Road, Nations Ford, desperately need to be replaced.  There’s additions and renovations to schools like East Meck, Myers Park, South Meck and then there’s also trying to alleviate over crowding.”

CPCC wants 210 million dollars to help keep up with a quickly growing student body. It’s the school’s largest bond request ever.  CPCC’s Executive Vice President says, “Our number one priority was to get additional science laboratory space.”

If approved, city leaders say the bond would not require a tax increase.  They also point out, if not approved, money for those bonds can be used for other projects.  Assistant County Manager Dena Diorio tells me, “We could use that money for other projects, for other purposes, or we could still do some of those projects and pay for them, without issuing debt.”

We’ll find out what Mecklenburg County voters think, today.