About the Two 2016 Orange County Bonds
On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th, all registered voters in Orange County will have the opportunity to vote FOR or AGAINST two bond referendums.
About the School Bond
The proposed bond referendum of $120 million for schools repair and improvement is primarily designed to increase capacity, improve safety and security, and renovate and repair area schools. Major projects for Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools include:
*Chapel Hill High School will be reconstructed in phases, to address critical maintenance issues.
*Lincoln Center renovations will centralize most Pre-K classrooms, freeing up currently used classroom space in elementary schools, increasing seating across the district with 189 seats and relieving the immediate need for a new elementary school. The renovations will also more than double the capacity of the Phoenix Academy High School, the district’s alternative school.
*Cedar Ridge High School will gain a new classroom wing, increasing capacity by 500 students.
*Other schools, including Orange High School, will receive much-needed infrastructure replacements (roof and antiquated and failing mechanical systems), as well as necessary safety and security repairs and updates.
*Funds will be used to build a greener, more sustainable student transportation/maintenance center to service buses for both school districts.
CHCCS Bond Projects
About the Low and Moderate Income Housing Bond
If this $5 million bond referendum passes, Orange County will help create 1,000 affordable housing units for low-income individuals and households and special needs populations, including residents with disabilities, older adults/seniors, residents experiencing or at risk of homelessness and victims of domestic violence.
It is expected that some of the affordable homes will be for households in the 50 percent to 80 percent of median income bracket. Professions that fall into this income range include teachers, law enforcement, firefighters and public workers.
In Orange County, the current availability of housing units that are affordable for low- and moderate-income families and individuals is significantly less than the need. Many of these individuals are senior citizens on fixed incomes, persons with disabilities and lower wage workers.