By Matt Ehlers
Director of Communications
On March 15, voters will head to the polls to vote in a number of important primary races of both local and national importance — but it is the Connect NC
bond issue that has the potential to create lasting change for the people of rural North Carolina.
If approved, the $2 billion bond issue would improve rural communities' access to clean drinking water. It would construct university research centers to teach our best and brightest. State parks, community colleges and National Guard facilities would receive much-needed renovations and additions.
No new taxes will be needed to service the bond debt. That's a pretty impressive feat, and one that rural North Carolinians can be proud of. Particularly since:
- The Rural Center estimates that a minimum of $887 million of the bond will be spent in rural counties.
- Among the education improvements are a new $110 million science facility at Western Carolina University, $90 million for a biotech building at East Carolina University, $350 million for construction and repair at our community colleges and $75 million for state parks.
- $309 million of the bond will be dedicated to helping municipal and county governments improve their water and sewer facilities.
The Rural Center Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to support the passage of the NC Connect Bond. With its broad, nonpartisan support, we truly believe this bond will improve rural North Carolina's economic opportunties.
Vote yes to invest!