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Both sides of Gloucester’s bond referendum debate

Gloucester voters are being asked in this election to consider a bond referendum with a proposed debt of $39,582,993 to address a number of projects in the county, resulting in an estimated increase in the real estate tax rate of 2 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

Projects include construction of a new fire station for Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, renovations to the bunk room at Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue, construction, improvement and/or renovation of Botetourt Elementary and the Gloucester High School sports complex, and improvements to Woodville, Gloucester Point Beach and Brown parks.

Two public town halls on the matter have already been held. This week, we’ve reached out to the only contested candidates for Gloucester Board of Supervisors—incumbent Abingdon District representative Robert “JJ” Orth and challenger and former county supervisor John Meyer—to express their opposing views on this issue.

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