2021 School Bond Referendum

Building for Success.

Voting Information

A school bond referendum will be on the general election ballot Tuesday, November 2, 2021.  Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For more information about registering or voting, call 703-222-0776 or go online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb.

What Is a Bond?

The sale of municipal bonds is a form of long-term borrowing that spreads the cost of major capital improvements over the years facilities are used. This method of financing ensures that current and future users help pay for the improvements. 

Why Are Bonds Needed?

The building and renovation of schools are not financed through the school system’s operating funds, but through bonds. Similar to an individual or a family obtaining a mortgage on a residence to spread the cost of home buying over several years, bonds spread the cost of major capital improvements over a number of years.

If approved, these bonds will probably be sold to large investment banking syndicates that will have to competitively bid for them. Once bought, they are typically resold to financial institutions, which then sell them to investors. 

Why a Referendum?

The law requires that county voters approve general obligation bonds since they are a future obligation for taxpayers.  The estimated expense to underwrite and issue bonds is reflected in the bond referendum total.