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Votes

Arlington Bonds on the Ballot

Question 1 — Local Parks and Recreation: $35.55 million

<bt>* $26 Million for Arlington Mill Community Center. The county is exploring the possibility of a public-private partnership to help defray costs of rebuilding the community center, which currently is housed in a converted Safeway along Columbia Pike. County officials believe that south Arlington desperately needs a large community center to accommodate the demand for recreational and educational space.

* $8 million for Parks and Open Space Land Acquisition. This program funds the purchase of land to use as green space across Arlington.

* $400,000 for Arlington Arts Center. Renovations on the arts center, one of the largest venues for contemporary artists in the region, are needed to correct heating and cooling concerns, make the building ADA-compliant and improve the interior.

* $400,000 for Lee Center. The funds will be used to create additional parking, improve drainage, supply landscaping and provide more lighting outside the building.

* $750,000 for pool in Washington-Lee High School. The school system is currently replacing the existing aquatic facility as part of W-L's renovations. The county is paying for the completion of two extra pool lanes, raising the number of lanes to ten.

<sh>Question 2 — Metro and Transportation Projects: $31.5 million

<bt>* $18.6 million for Metro contribution. Arlington is one of seven localities in the region that provides money for the Metro system. Funds will be allocated to buying new buses and rail cars, constructing garages in Northern Virginia and improving security measures.

* $8.9 million for transportation match. Arlington is contributing $8.9 million to match more than $46 million in federal and state funds to pay for transportation projects.

* $2.8 million for Ballston Metro entrance. Funds are part of county's share of initial phase of a western entrance to the Ballston Metro. Developers are helping defray the costs of project.

* $1.2 million for WALKArlington/ATM. WALKArlington funds are used to create more pedestrian-friendly streets. Arterial Transportation Management projects help reduce speeding along major county roads.

<sh>Question 3 — Community Infrastructure: $27.3 million

<bt>* $6.7 for Neighborhood Conservation. Program funds sidewalk, street, curb/gutter, sign and landscaping projects that have been developed by neighborhood associations and approved by the County Board.

* $8 million for Westover Library. New 16,000-square-foot library will be constructed as part of a large building that will house school programs. The current library will be demolished and turned into green space. Arlington voters originally approved $4 million in bond funding for the project in 1998.

* $6.6 million for land acquisition. This category includes funding for property acquisition for government and public facilities. The county is interested in using this money to buy space for the new Arlington Transit vehicle building and for the extension of Quinn Street and 11th Street.

* $5 million for emergency infrastructure. These funds will be used for emergency improvements to county facilities, streets, bridges and other infrastructure. Repairs from last summer's storms will possibly come out of this pot of money.

* $1 million for the Trades Center. This money will pay for improvements at the Trades Center, which houses the county's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources department, among others. Repairs include a new parking garage, vehicle wash facility and storage space.

<sh>Question 4 — Utilities: $79 million

<bt>* $60 million for Water Pollution Control Plant. Funds a portion of cost of upgrade of plant to allow it to meet more stringent environmental standards and increase capacity.

* $10 million Potomac Interceptor. This project funds improvements to sanitary sewer system, replacing existing 33- to 36-inch sewers with 48-inch sewer.

* $9 million for Washington Aqueduct. This is the county's share of the cost of the aqueduct, which is being managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is also paid for by the city of Falls Church and the District of Columbia.

<sh>Question 5 — School Bond: $33.7 million

<bt>* $24.8 million for construction of a new Yorktown High School. In 2004 a 3-story, 55,000 square-foot wing was added to Yorktown to help alleviate overcrowding. This funding will help pay for remaining additions. The total price tag for the school stands at just under $100 million.

* $4.5 million in design funding for Wakefield High School.

* $2.4 million in design funding for Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

* $2 million for work on a new career center.