Several local referendums pass on election night

EASTERN CAROLINA - Mayoral and aldermen races weren't the only contests on election night. Several important referendums were on ballots as well.

In Pitt County, residents voted 62.4 percent to 37.6 percentĀ  in favor of a bond referendum for Pitt Community College. The referendum will allow $19.9 million to be used to build a new science building and move law enforcement training closer to the main PCC campus.

Meanwhile, those in Grifton voted 59 percent to 41 percent in favor of a referendum that will provide almost $2 million to repair and resurface 13 miles of roads. Town officials said tax and utility increases are expected, but they hope to lessen those costs by cutting budget expenses.

Also on election night, Jones County voters cast their ballots on a bond referendum to help pay for firefighting services. It passed in every town except Maysville. Prior to the referendum, fire departments in Jones County relied on fundraisers to pay bills.

Finally, a $75 million bond referendum to improve Onslow County school buildings was voted down 64.3 percent to 35.7 percent. School officials had wanted to use the money to replace Dixon Middle School and Richlands Elementary School. The funds would have also helped pay for new roofing and air conditioning units.

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