Background & FAQs

The Winston-Salem City Council scheduled a general obligation bond referendum to would raise $139.2 million for public improvements. The public improvements are broken down into five categories:

  • Economic Development: $25 million (3 programs)
  • Housing: $10 million (2 programs)
  • Parks and Recreation: $30.85 million (19 projects)
  • Public Safety Facilities: $31 million (8 projects)
  • Streets and Sidewalks: $42.35 million (10 projects)

The projects in these categories are items that are the responsibility of city government. They do not include schools, libraries or other projects that are the responsibility of county and state government.

Strategic Focuses

The projects adhere to the strategic focus areas adopted by the Mayor and the City Council. The parks and recreation bonds address the strategic focus of promoting a healthy environment and the housing bonds address the strategic focus on creating livable neighborhoods. The economic development bonds address the strategic focus on promoting economic vitality and diversity, the bonds for public safety facilities fall under the strategic focus of creating a safe and secure community, and the bonds for streets and sidewalks address the strategic focus on providing quality transportation.

See full descriptions of proposed projects.