Nov. 10, 2022
Voters in Chesterfield have overwhelmingly approved the Community Facilities Bond Plan, formally authorizing the county to move forward with the capital improvement projects.
As part of the Nov. 8 General Election, Chesterfield residents were asked to consider whether the county should issue $540 million in General Obligation bonds over the next eight to 10 years to fund 26 capital improvement projects split among four categories: schools, public safety, libraries, and parks.
By a wide margin, voters did just that.
The results showed support for the Community Facilities Bond Plan at an even higher level than in Chesterfield’s last bond referendum, when in 2013 voters approved $304 million in bonds to support school facility improvements and $49 million in bonds to support the replacement of the county's emergency communications system. The margin for this year’s referendum (76.0% to 22.8%) was well higher than both the schools (69.3% to 27.4%) and public safety (67.6% to 28.7%) in 2013.
“We are very thankful that the voters of Chesterfield resoundingly approved our Community Facilities Bond Plan as the way forward,” said County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey. “Over these past few months, we were able to share with voters what went into the plan and what it would mean for them as well as the services we can provide. So to have it pass by a three-to-one margin says a lot about what is important to our residents and gives us great confidence in Chesterfield’s future.”
“On behalf of the Board, I’m so grateful for the citizens’ trust, and pleased voters said ‘yes’ to investing in the future of our great county,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Chris Winslow (Clover Hill). “Voters’ approval of the Community Facilities Bond Plan means we can move ahead with key capital projects the public has determined are priorities throughout Chesterfield – and we’re ready to get to work.”
With the bonds now authorized, Chesterfield will move forward with the next steps in the process. After conferring with various stakeholders and residents, the first slate of projects will be added to the next budget cycle with the expectation that construction will begin later in 2023. Some of the first projects out of the gate are likely to be the Stonebridge Police Station, the Chester Fire/EMS Station replacement, and the A.M. Davis Elementary School replacement.
For more information, visit our Bond Referendum website at chesterfield.gov/bond.