Once approved, can the bonds be used for other purposes?

Proceeds from the sale of the transportation bonds, by law, are authorized only for the transportation projects listed in the ballot question. The County did submit the ballot question to the Circuit Court without the Hope Road road-widening project listed. Hope Road is still listed on the 35 road-widening projects list. The County intends to complete the Hope Road project with alternative transportation funding sources, as bond proceeds cannot be used for this road. As for Woodstock Lane, the road was incorrectly mislabeled as Woodstock Road on the ballot question, but that does not affect that bond issuing status for the project.

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1. What is a referendum, and why are we having one?
2. What is bond financing?
3. If the Bond passes, what will it cost?
4. Will the approval of this bond package affect the County’s financial health?
5. Once approved, can the bonds be used for other purposes?
6. How were the road projects included in the 2019 transportation bond referendum selected?
7. What is the difference between major projects and safety widening projects?
8. What steps were taken to arrive at the need for a transportation bond referendum?
9. How were the road project costs determined?
10. If the referendum passes, what are the next steps?
11. Without the bond referendum, how is Stafford planning for future transportation improvements?
12. What was accomplished with the 2008 transportation bond referendum?