Winston-Salem's Bond Referendum Explained in 2 Minutes

Winston-Salem's Bond Referendum Explained in 2 Minutes

7:00am Oct 16, 2014
The rock quarry in Winston-Salem is closed to the public.
Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks Dept.

Residents in Winston-Salem will have the chance to vote on five separate community improvement bonds that will appear on the city ballot this fall, and one of them includes fresh water jellyfish.

A group of citizens have formed a committee called Forward Together Winston-Salem to educate people about the issues. Sarah Smith is the co-chair.

“If all of the bonds are approved, it really equals out to about nine cents a day, which is couch change for a lot of people in order to make a true impact on the future of our city,” says Sarah Smith, co-chair of the organization.

But some taxpayers say they are reluctant to pay more taxes. City leaders say they’re needed to keep up with Greensboro, Charlotte, and Durham, all of which have passed similar bond issues.

"Winston-Salem faces more than $700-million in capital projects that current revenues are insufficient to fund. The city’s population has also increased by 50,000 residents. But in the end, it will be up to residents to decide which projects will ultimately move forward." says Ben Rowe, assistant city manager.

To find out more details about the city bonds click here.

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