Connect NC $2 billion bond on ballot

- Governor Pat McCrory made one final push for the passage of the Connect NC bond Package in Greenville Monday.

If approved by voters on March 15th, the state will borrow $2 billion to fund a variety of projects, including many in the Queen City.

UNC Charlotte would receive $90 million for the construction of a brand new state-of-the-art science facility.

University officials say the campus’s current science building, Burson Building, no longer has the adequate space needed to serve the growing number of students.

"We have about 15,000 students each year who take at least one science lab,” said UNCC Chemistry Department Chair Bernadette Donovan-Merkert. “And very simply, we're just running out of space to teach these students. So in a few years, we're going to be really struggling to be able to meet the student demand”

Crowders Mountain State Park would also receive a hefty amount for improvements.

Crowders Mountain State Park Superintendent Larry Hyde said $750 thousand is earmarked for the park, which will specifically go toward parking to improve visitor access.

"All North Carolina state parks are increasing their visibility greatly in the last couple of years and continue to do so,” said Hyde. “That makes a need for improved and additional parking as well as upkeep and maintenance of the existing facilities and even additional facilities will be built to accommodate all the public that comes to the park." 

The bond also supports projects in agriculture, public safety, the National Guard, and water and sewer.

Gov. McCrory continues to assure voters the bond will not require a tax increase.

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