Civic Federation – Likes Some Bonds, not Others
Delegates of the Arlington County Civic Federation last night took a straw poll on the five bond referenda that will be on the ballot next month. Although Federation delegates voted to support all five, Scott McCaffrey of the Arlington Sun-Gazette reports online today that “the margins of victory for the proposed school and parks bonds were narrow, highlighting delegates' concerns about a lack of firm plans for some of the big-ticket items in those packages.”
McCaffrey added, “The closest vote, 40-37, came on the $35.55 million parks and recreation bond, with opponents voicing concern over the limited information presented by the county government on the planned $26 million rebuild of the Arlington Mill Community Center.” Other votes were school bonds (47-28), Metro and transportation projects (71-6), community infrastructure (57-19), and utilities (68-8).Federation delegates also voted 31-19 to urge the County Board to put an “end to its artificial timetable for bond referenda,” the Sun-Gazette reported separately. You can read the Federation’s entire resolution here.