2014 Bond and Constitutional Referendum Resolutions

The Arlington GOP adopted the following resolutions at the September 24th meeting in response to the Proposed Constitutional Admendment and Bond Referendums on the ballot this November 4th.  

Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Question: Shall Section 6-A of Article X (Taxation and Finance) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?

Arlington GOP Resolution:

The Arlington GOP endorses the proposed Constitutional Amendment and urges a yes vote on November 4th.  Exemption from taxes on their homes helps express, in some small part, the immense gratitude of the community and the country for the extraordinary sacrifice of members of the military killed in action. The opportunity to provide relief to spouses of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action from that burden should be approved by the General Assembly as soon as possible. 

 

 

County Bond Referendum Questions

Arlington Public Schools 

QUESTION: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $105,780,000 to finance, along with other available funds, the costs of various capital projects for Arlington Public Schools?

 

Arlington GOP Resolution:

The Arlington GOP endorses the Arlington Public Schools Bond and urges a yes vote at the polls on November 4th.  While a yes vote is recommended, the Arlington GOP is concerned at the high costs associated with providing additional seats for students and would urge the School Board to adjust design elements, where appropriate, to reduce costs. The Arlington GOP is also committed to holding our elected officials accountable and insisting on robust community and parental involvement in the planning process. 

 

Metro and Transportation
QUESTION: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $60,240,000 to finance, along with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transport Authority and other transit, pedestrian, road or transportation projects?

 

Arlington GOP Resolution:

The Arlington GOP endorses the Metro and Transportation Bond and urges a yes vote at the polls on November 4th.  While a yes vote is recommended, the Arlington GOP raises an objection to bundling Metro with other transportation projects.  Metro is a regional transit system governed by jurisdictions in Maryland, the District, and Virginia, while other items to be financed by this bond issue are local.  This is a fundamental difference.  We believe that voters should be able to vote to approve one or the other or both.

 

Local Parks and Recreation
QUESTION: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $13,070,000 to finance, along with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for local parks & recreation, and land acquisition for parks and open spaces?

 

Arlington GOP Resolution:

The Arlington GOP urges a no vote on the Local Parks and Recreation Bond at the polls on November 4th.  While individual projects in the bond may have merit, the Arlington GOP recognizes that the County maintains a significant surplus of Local Park and Recreation Bond funds from previous referendums.  The Arlington GOP urges voters to reject this bond referendum, the county to discard the plans for the gold-plated Long Bridge Park Aquatics Center, and those funds to be used for Local Parks and Recreation projects until additional funding is required to fund new projects.

 

Community Infrastructure

QUESTION: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum principal amount of $39,000,000 to finance, along with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for County facilities, information technology, and infrastructure?

 

Arlington GOP Resolution:

The Arlington GOP endorses the Community Infrastructure Bond and urges a yes vote at the polls on November 4th.  The Arlington GOP continues to support the Neighborhood Conservation program where neighborhoods have the opportunity direct county spending  to projects that improve neighborhood quality of life.  The Arlington GOP also continues to support necessary spending on emergency communications equipment including radios and 911 telephone equipment.

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