Tuesday is Election Day in Johnston County. Voters countywide will decide the fate of borrowing for Johnston’s public schools and community college. Town leaders, meanwhile, will elect their leaders.
School, college bonds
Johnston County’s public schools are seeking $57 million for new and expanded buildings. Johnston Community College is asking for $7 million for its building needs. Leaders say the borrowing would not lead to a tax increase.
The public schools would use the money to build two new campuses, convert a middle school to an elementary school and expand many of the county’s other schools. The money will help the school system handle the roughly 700 new students it expects next year, said Superintendent Ed Croom said.
JCC would use the money partly to pay for long-term planning for its building needs. Other dollars would pay to renovate and upgrade current facilities.
Johnston precincts without municipal elections will be open so that people can vote on the bond issues.
Voters in all Johnston towns will elect leaders. Here’s a look at their ballots.
All polling locations will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
To find where you should vote, visit: ncsbe.gov/PrecinctFinder.aspx.
To find the address of you polling place, visit: johnstonnc.com/joconcelections/pollingplaces.cfm or call the Johnston County Board of Elections at 919-989-5095.
Municipal elections usually see low turnout, said Leigh Anne Price, supervisor of Johnston elections. In 2012, for the presidential election, 75,842 people voted, she said. In the 2011 municipal election, just 4,081 people cast ballots.
Price said adding a countywide bond referendum to the ballot doesn’t increase turnout. During the last bond referendum, some precincts only had 10 people vote.
Price said people should vote in town elections.
“You should take advantage of being able to vote for the leadership in your community,” she said.