NC may not see upgrades from $2 billion bond for about a year

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A majority of the voters in North Carolina approved a $2 billion bond that would fund several projects in the state and provide upgrades to universities.

Voters passed the Connect NC Bond with 65 percent of the votes from Tuesday’s primary despite some voters having reservations about the $2 billion cost.

Gov. Pat McCrory was at Jordan Lake Wednesday to discuss the importance of the bond and when the state might see some of the new projects and upgrades.

Most of the money will be spent on state funded colleges and universities, however some of the money will go towards repairing sewer lines and state parks.

Here’s a breakdown of what local parks will see:
$3 million for Jordan Lake
$2.8 million for Eno River
$1.7 million for William B Umstead
$1.1 million for Raven Rock

Park rangers at Jordan Lake said the park will see campsite renovations.

“We’ve decided where to spend it and what to spend it on, but I want to make sure they’re making the best long-term decisions, which they didn’t do in the 60s on many of our buildings throughout North Carolina, for example, our university buildings. I want to make sure they’re built for a hundred years, not for the next 20 or 30, McCrory said.

“We’ve got to get the type of support that you heard the governor talk about, especially for our educational system, for our parks. These are things that, if we don’t spend money on them now, we’re going to regret it,” said Rep. Robert Reives, (D) Lee County.

Depending on the project, it may be a year or so before people start seeing any improvements.

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