Voters in Guilford County have no reservations about borrowing money.
Some people thought that because Guilford County passed $1.7 billion in school bonds in May that Greensboro voters would be hesitant to add to local government debt and vote for $135 million in bonds for the City of Greensboro.
But those people were wrong. Perhaps after agreeing to allow the Guilford County government to borrow $1.7 billion, the idea of the City of Greensboro borrowing $135 million seemed like chicken feed, or maybe voters just like to borrow money.
All five bonds on the ballot passed by wide margins. If they were candidates, people would say each bond package won in a landslide.
The most popular bonds were the $14 million Firefighting Facility Bonds, which passed with 76 percent voting in favor and only 24 percent voting no.
Next in popularity were the $15 million Transportation Bonds, which passed with 69 percent of the vote. The transportation bonds were a last minute addition to the bond package and were added at the insistence of At-large City Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter who noted that most transportation projects are paid with 80 percent federal money but that Greensboro had to have the 20 percent match to qualify for the federal grants.
The $30 million Housing Bonds, which the majority of the City Council listed as the most important bonds, received 68 percent of the vote.
The $70 million Parks and Recreation Bonds passed with 67 percent of the vote. The City Council has said that it plans to spend that money on two projects, with $50 million going to the Vance Chavis Library and Windsor Recreation Center combined facility and $20 million going to the Greensboro Science Center.
The $6 million Law Enforcement Facilities Bonds came in last but still had a whopping 65 percent of the vote.
The City Council was so certain that all the bonds would pass that it allocated money in the 2022-2023 budget to start paying for the bonds.