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N.C. Voters To See More Than Just Names On Ballot

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RALEIGH, N.C. — When you go to the polls Tuesday, you need to think about more than candidates. There are some proposed ammendments to the state constitution and some bond issues on the ballot.

Amendment One is billed as an economic development tool that would allow local governments to issue bonds to pay for public improvements associated with private development projects. North Carolina voters have rejected the measure twice before.

Amendment Two would mandate that proceeds from state-collected fines be used exclusively for maintaining public schools. Amendment Three would change the term of office for veteran magistrates from two years to four.

There are some more notable bond referendums. People who live in northwest Chatham County will have another chance to vote on a new $9.3 million water system. In July, some people received ballots that did not include the bond question.

Voters in Edgecombe County will decide on school bonds. The cost is $12.8 million. People in Franklin County will be able to vote on a $30 million school bond referendum.

Voters in Wake County will consider two bond referendums worth $66 million. One is for preserving and expanding open space. The other is for expanding Wake Technical Community College. Just this summer, Wake Technical Community College broke ground for a new campus along U.S. Highway 401 near Wake Forest.

Wake County voters approved a bond four years ago to pay for the first phase of construction. Now, the college and county commissioners are asking voters to approve another bond for $40 million for phase two.

Rounding out the list of notable bond issues. There are two questions for Apex voters -- a park and recreation bond and a street and sidewalk improvement bond.

In the town of Morrisville, there are three bond issues -- public safety bonds, parks and recreation bonds and street improvement bonds. Voters in Morrisville will also vote on a Board of Commissioners amendment.

Voters are urged to look over their ballot very closely. In some counties, the bond issues will be on the back. Elections officials remind you that you may need to turn your ballots over to vote on the bonds.

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