$160M bond referendum takes the next step towards November ballot

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Submitted: Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:11am
Updated: Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:04pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– A $160 million bond referendum takes the next step towards the November ballot in New Hanover County.

A capital needs study shows New Hanover County Schools are overcrowded and need renovations. This bond would fund those projects, but not all of the commissioners want it to get passed.

“I have been to a lot of the schools in New Hanover County and many of them have served their useful life,” New Hanover County Commissioner Beth Dawson explained. “ It’s time for our students to have healthy learning environments.”

Dawson believes there’s a need for new schools. That will happen, if a bond is placed on the ballot. The board’s finance director says they’ve been working on this bond for more than a month. It would fund at least two new elementary schools, and renovations in many other schools. County Commissioner, Woody White, does not think it is the right step.

“It would be nice to pass the bond, but it would be nice to have a lot of things in life and sometimes you have to make tough choices,” he says. “You can’t afford everything and that’s the position that we’re in right now in this county government.”

White says bonds means increased taxes and increased debt. Dawson thinks it can be done.

“The county will be able to find a way with public support to take care of the needs that we have. Prioritize and deal with the financing of those when the time comes,” Dawson said.

They all agreed to pass it on to a public hearing and let the people decide.

“I think people will come here with opinions and I hope those that educated themselves on the bond also educate themselves on the incredible debt that we presently have,” White said.

For now, they leave the decision up to the public to decide. The bond will be open for discussion at the next meeting on August 11th.


  • ilmcitizen says:

    Interesting, we have a school board member (Dawson) who admits to having been to “a lot of the schools in NHC…” As one of the newest board members, why has she not been to every school in this county? Then we have a county commissioner, who is suddenly concerned about increased taxes, but apparently not about the decrepit conditions of some of our schools. After the school board’s mishandling of funds approved with the 2005 bond (eg, bussing kids miles to attend schools built next to recently remediated Superfund sites in Castle Hayne), I refuse to consider this bond until the BOE publicizes the location of the new elementary school to be built in NE NHC. Fool me once…..

  • 10101 says:

    Monies from the lottery are allocated to the school system … to replace the monies that would have been in the state’s education budget … leaving those monies available for pet projects of politicians (while voters are cut out of the loop on how those monies should be spent) … the pet projects are then designed to buy voter loyalty so that the politicians will be re-elected.

    Now all you have to do is repeat the Education Lottery scam loop for a period of forever, or until all of the politicians have expired. Keep in mind that if it’s true true that only the good die young, the latter possibility will never happen.

    That’s the NC “Education” Lottery.

  • eddie says:

    Where o where is the hundreds of millions of dollars from THE EDUCATION LOTTERY ???? Right in the pockets of all the crooks that run the state, I forgot

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    are the main reason our schools are over crowded run them out of the country and we won’t have over crowded schools…

  • Vote says:

    Vote no, they will waste the money. They don’t repair the buildings they have now. They run them into the ground and then want tax payers to build new schools.

  • RealityBites says:

    After taking all of the other steps, the bond referendum will ultimately have to take the last step. Unfortunately, because it’s so hard to trust our local politicians with any monies they acquire, that last step will probably be off a cliff.

    So, that’s one small step today for the bond issue and one giant step in the future into oblivion.

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