GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolinians overwhelmingly voted to approve the Connect NC bond referendum.
That means the state will take on $2 billion of debt over the next 2 decades.
About half of the bond will go toward construction projects at UNC system schools. For ECU, that means getting $90 million to build a new life sciences and biotechnology building.
The bond will also support thousands of jobs and trigger upgrades and renovations at community colleges, state parks, to water and sewer, and more.
According to the State Board of Elections, all but one of North Carolina’s 100 counties approved the bond. Pender County voted against it. More than 65% of people voted for the bond. Less than 35% voted against.
Governor Pat McCrory celebrated last night, after months of campaigning for the bond.
“We did it together as a team. We put apart the artificial barriers and we said ‘you know what, what is best for the next generation of North Carolina?’ And that’s what we are all considering. And that’s how we work together,” Gov. McCrory said.
To thank those who voted for the bond, Carteret Community College is hosting a celebration Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Camp Glen Building. The college will get more than $2.6 million to finance a new facility for its hospitality and culinary programs.
Craven Community College is holding a similar celebration at 10 a.m. Wednesday at its Havelock and New Bern campuses. Craven will receive more than $5.3 million to finance a STEM building on its Havelock campus and improve student services on its New Bern campus.