Pender County voters approve bonds for school projects

Details on referendums you’ll see on November ballots
Published: Nov. 8, 2022 at 5:38 AM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Pender County voters approved $178 million in school bonds Tuesday.

With all precincts reporting Tuesday, 54.11 percent of voters were in favor of the bonds.

Pender County School administrators say the bonds will pay for:

  • New middle and elementary schools ($111,556,800)
  • Renovation at Topsail Middle School ($22,601,432)
  • Construction of a new Central Services Building ($21,000,000)
  • Construction of a new Maintenance Building ($17,121,600)
  • Rebuild of Burgaw Middle School Cafeteria ($4,272,000)
  • Addition to Rocky Point Elementary School ($1,219,065)

“It’s an exciting day for Pender County Schools. With the passing of this bond we can continue to move the district ahead to new levels of achievement. Work starts now,” said Brad George, chair of the Pender County Board of Education.

Pender County Commissioners have said if the referendum passes, a property tax increase between five and eleven cents per $100 of property would be implemented to repay the bonds.

Bladen County

In Bladen County, residents voted against a $.25 Sales & Use Tax.

Similar referendums in 2014, 2016 and 2018 all went down to defeat by large margins.

Bladen County voters were in favor of allowing off-premises sales of malt beverages and fortified wine. While voters in several small communities in Bladen County have approved similar referendums in recent years, the last county-wide referendum on this issue, in 2014, was defeated by a 53-47 margin.

Boiling Spring Lakes

Voters in the Brunswick County community of Boiling Spring Lakes overwhelmingly approved to allow the authorization of $20 million in general obligation bonds to help restore four dams damaged by Hurricane Florence in 2018. Property taxes will be increased to help pay off the bond.

New Hanover County

Voters in New Hanover County voted against a Public Transportation Systems Sales & Use Tax referendum, which included a $.25 increase in the local sales tax, to 7.25 percent.

According to a post on the county website authored by Manager Chris Coudriet, the estimated $14 million in additional revenue would be directed “into projects that make it easier for residents and visitors to move throughout our community, especially by alternative means,” including multi-use trails, sidewalks, WAVE Transit and planning for future rail realignment.

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