What steps were taken to arrive at the need for a transportation bond referendum?

The Comprehensive Road Study identified possible sources of funding. The Board of Supervisors felt that the amount of identified funding was insufficient and held several transportation work sessions to determine and evaluate multiple funding options. After narrowing down the final list of road projects, the Board came to a consensus to ask the citizens of Stafford County to consider a $50 million bond referendum on the November 5, 2019, general election ballot.

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1. What is a referendum, and why are we having one?
2. What is bond financing?
3. If the Bond passes, what will it cost?
4. Will the approval of this bond package affect the County’s financial health?
5. Once approved, can the bonds be used for other purposes?
6. How were the road projects included in the 2019 transportation bond referendum selected?
7. What is the difference between major projects and safety widening projects?
8. What steps were taken to arrive at the need for a transportation bond referendum?
9. How were the road project costs determined?
10. If the referendum passes, what are the next steps?
11. Without the bond referendum, how is Stafford planning for future transportation improvements?
12. What was accomplished with the 2008 transportation bond referendum?