Union County residents to vote on $104.5M bond referendum

Union County commissioners last week set in motion plans for a $104.5 million general obligation bond referendum in November.

Commissioners voted to break the Nov. 8 ballot into three questions for the referendum: $40.2 million for South Piedmont Community College; $10.1 million for building a new library; and $54.2 million for Union County Public Schools.

If the referendum is approved, property taxes will increase by 3.13 cents per $100 dollar of valuation.

“This is a step to partner with our local community college to provide job skills training and invest in our local workforce and economic development prospects,” board vice chair Frank Aikmus said in a prepared statement.

Reducing the public schools bonds from $230 million to $54.2 million will address the most pressing needs for school expansion and renovation, board chair Stony Rushing stated. “The remainder of the projects will be part of the joint planning process,” he stated.

The commission will begin to determine how the referendum is worded on July 18.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.