Onslow School Bond Defeated

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Voters in Onslow County said no to a $75-million bond to replace two schools and improve safety in other schools.

Some voters were concerned about an increase in taxes.

Here's how the vote turned out: Nearly 3,000 voters said yes but the referendum was defeated as well over 5,000 voted against it.

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A 75 million-dollar bond referendum is on the ballot Tuesday to upgrade schools and improve safety in Onslow County, but there is concern from some about what it will all mean for them. Namely a tax hike.

Political signs in Onslow County ask folks to vote yes or no for the bond.

Barry Collins, associate superintendent for Onslow County Schools says, "This is our community and we want the best for our community and we all believe the needs are there, that they're true, and that this is the cheapest way to pay for it."

The bulk of the money is set aside to replace Dixon Middle School, a 28 million dollar project, and Richlands Elementary School, a 25 million dollar project. Both the schools were originally built about 90 years ago.

Lyndena Shockley has a 9 and 12 year-old in the school system and is voting for the bond. She says, "I'm sure since the 20s, with it being 2013, a lot of things need to be updated so I'm sure that will be very beneficial and positive."

She's also interested in the 6 million-dollars set aside for safety and security at all local schools.

Collins says the money would most likely come from a property tax increase.

He says the average home in Onslow County is $178,000 and the average price increase would be between 50 and 60 dollars a year.

For Roger Haren, that's too much and will be voting no. He says, "Especially for those who aren't military retired or federally retired that are living on part-time incomes. It's hard for them to make that kind of money."

The last school bond in Onslow County was passed in 2005 when voters agreed to a 90 million-dollar referendum then.

The rest of the money from this year's bond will be used for school maintenance over the next five years.


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