Early Voting Starts Friday, Sept. 17. Flood Protection Bond Referendum Question on Ballot

Get the information you need to make an informed decision. 

blue sign that reads, "Passable roads. Sooner." and has Ripple Effect logo and URL VBgov.com/RippleEffectEarly voting begins Friday, Sept. 17. On the ballot, residents will have the opportunity to vote on whether the City Council should increase the real estate tax rate to fund the design and construction of 21 new flood protection projects included in Phase 1 of a citywide Flood Protection Program. To answer this question, it’s important to know what is at stake and what it will cost. 

Learn details of the program – proposed projects, timelines, impacts – and get your questions answered at the next community meeting scheduled for Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. in Bldg. 19 at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, 2416 Courthouse Drive. 

The referendum question as it appears on the ballot is below. It is long – the City Council wanted to be sure to include the list of projects it will cover in addition to the total cost. In general, the referendum is proposing to expand and accelerate the work on 21 major flood protection projects that will allow the work to be accomplished in 10 years instead of 40, which is how long they would take to complete with current funding levels. Property owners would each pay between 4.3 and 6.4 cents more in real estate taxes (depending on interest rates and length of term), which translates into about $10-14 more each month on a property assessed at $267,500.  

In-person and virtual community information meetings will be held throughout October as well. Get the scoop at VBgov.com/RippleEffect and on Facebook.com/CityOfVaBeach or Twitter.com/CityofVaBeach

Can’t make it to the meeting? Visit VBgov.com/RippleEffect for more information and check out the FAQ section. Or, get the 411 at www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYWo_qQRSoo 

Here's the referendum question as it will appear on the ballot:

Shall the City of Virginia Beach issue general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $567,500,000 pursuant to the City Charter and the Public Finance Act to fund the design and construction of flood mitigation measures as part of a comprehensive citywide flood protection program that includes the following Phase 1  projects: Chubb Lake/Lake Bradford Outfall, Church Point/Thoroughgood Drainage Improvements, Central Resort District - 24th Street Culvert, Central Resort District Drainage Improvements, Eastern Shore Drive - Elevate Lynnhaven Drive, Eastern Shore Drive - Phase I, Section 1F Improvements, Eastern Shore Drive - Phase I, Section 1G Improvements, Eastern Shore Drive - Poinciana Pump Station, First Colonial Road & Oceana Boulevard Drainage Improvements, Princess Anne Plaza Golf Course Conversion, Princess Anne Plaza North London Bridge Creek Tide Gate, Barriers, and Pump Station, Pungo Ferry Road Improvements, Sandbridge/New Bridge Intersection Improvements, Seatack Neighborhood Drainage Improvements, Stormwater Green Infrastructure, The Lakes - Flood Barriers, The Lakes - Holland Road Gate, West Neck Creek Bridge Replacement, Windsor Woods - Thalia Creek/Lake Trashmore Improvements, Windsor Woods Flood Barriers, and Windsor Woods Pump Station?

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