We sell bonds as a way to pay for building, renovating or expanding facilities, like libraries, fire stations and parks.

Voters must approve general obligation bonds through a referendum, and by law, the bonds, if approved, may only be used for purpose stated in the ballot question.

Because we hold a triple-A rating, our bonds sell at relatively low interest rates compared to other tax-free bondssaving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

2018 Public Safety Bond Referendum: Nov. 6

The county plans to put a $182 million public safety bond question on the Nov. 6, 2018, general election ballot. Voters will be asked to vote "yes" or "no" to allow the county to issue up to $182 million in bonds for public safety facilities.

If approved by voters, the county plans to use the money to pay for renovating, expanding or replacing these fire, police and court facilities.

Fire and Rescue Department ($73 million)

Renovate, expand or replace these four aging fire stations that are 37 years old or older:

  • Mount Vernon ($16 million)
  • Fairview ($16 million)
  • Gunston ($13 million)
  • Seven Corners ($13 million)

Additionally, $15 million will be used to renovate, expand or replace one of the eight remaining volunteer fire stations which are each 40 years old or older.

Police Department ($59 million)

Renovate, expand or replace:

  • Mason Police Station ($23 million): Renovate and make a minor expansion this station that was built in 1975 to upgrade  building systems and infrastructure.
  • Criminal Justice Academy ($18 million): Renovations and upgrades to this outdated facility that trains 2,300 police and sheriff’s recruits and officers per year.
  • Police Evidence Storage Building ($18 million): Renovate, expand or replace this building that is used to store critical evidence for court.

Courts & Adult Detention Center ($50 million)

  • Detention Center ($45 million): Replace major building systems in all three wings of the detention center, including plumbing, electrical, HVAC and fire protection systems.
  • Jennings Judicial Center ($5 million): Courtrooms require improved lighting, ductwork realignment, ADA upgrades, wall and ceiling replacement/repairs and technology upgrades.

Bonds: Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to frequently asked questions about bonds, including why the county uses bonds to pay for capital facilities, how the money may be used and the costs of borrowing.