2016 Albemarle County bond referendum

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The 2016 Albemarle County bond referendum was a ballot measure that allowed the county to issue $35 million in general obligation bonds in order to finance school improvement projects for county public schools. The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors projected a 1.3 cent increase to the real estate tax rate to repay the bonds with added interest over about 20 years.

Voter education efforts

The Board of Supervisors approved $42,000 in expenditures to provide county residents information about the referendum with educational mailers, fact sheets, advertisements and legal notices.[1]


The referendum passed with 40,193 votes (73.52%) in favor and 14,480 (26.48%) against on November 8, 2016.[2]

Projects funded

Money from the bonds will fund:

  • A $15.2 million addition, modernization, renovation project at Woodbrook Elementary.
  • $10.9 modernization of 100+ classrooms and science labs across the county.
  • $6.0 modernization of seven science labs at Western Albemarle High School, and add three new labs.
  • $2.9 million in school security improvements across the district.


  1. Web. County to spend $42,000 to advertise bond referendum, Aaron Richardson, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Aug 3, 2016, retrieved Nov 11, 2016.
  2. Web. Voting Results, 2016 Virginia General, Virginia Department of Elections, Nov 8, 2016, retrieved Nov 10, 2016.