Wake County voters have overwhelmingly passed an $810-million school bond referendum.
The final margin wasn't even close. Wake voters approved of the new school bond by 16 percentage points. It was a big win for bond supporters, including Democrats and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Some Republicans had worked to defeat the bond, but they were greatly outspent during the campaign.
The money that will come from the ten percent increase in property taxes will be used to build 16 new schools and renovate dozens of others.
Raleigh voters also approved – by an even larger margin - a $45-million transportation bond. It will be used to fix current roads and add bike lanes and streetlights.