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

Voters must approve them 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 ratessaving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Approved 2018 Public Safety Bond Referendum

On Nov. 6, 2018, Fairfax County voters approved a $182 million public safety bond question in the Nov. 6, 2018, general election.

The county plans to sell bonds to pay for renovating, expanding or replacing these fire, police, sheriff and court facilities.

Fire and Rescue Department ($73 million)Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department badge.

Four aging fire stations that are 37 years old or older:

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)Fairfax County Police badge.

  • Mason District Police Station ($23 million): Renovate and make a minor expansion to this station 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  • Criminal Justice Academy ($18 million): Renovations and upgrades to this outdated facility that trains 2,300 police and sheriff’s recruits and officers and deputies per year.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)Fairfax County Sheriff badge.

  • Adult Detention Center ($45 million): Upgrade outdated security systems and replace major building systems in all three wings of the detention center.
  • Jennings Judicial Center ($5 million): Courtrooms require improved lighting, ADA upgrades, wall and ceiling replacement/repairs and technology upgrades.

Bond Explanation

Read more detailed explanations about what projects are planned to be funded if the public safety bond referendum is approved. Explanations are provided in English, Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese.

Ballot Question

Read the public safety bond question that will be on the general election ballot. The question is provided in English, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.

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.