In Virginia, counties must take bond issues to referendum, but in incorporated towns the council makes that decision. Raflo said that Leesburg and Loudoun County are on a "development roll" now, but that "if times get tough, how will you pay for these things?" He said the council has a moral obligation to let the voters decide the issue.

The capital improvements plan includes a new municipal office building, a parking facility, a public works building and parks construction funds. The council is expected to vote on the budget this week.

In other business, the council endorsed the selection of Leesburg resident Francis X. Carney to the 1987 Silver-Haired Legislature set for Aug. 3 through 5 in Richmond. Carney, 70, was elected by Loudoun senior citizens last month. He said the Northern Virginia delegation is to meet in Fredericksburg today to discuss issues they hope to propose to Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, including affordable housing for the elderly and curbing the high cost of medical care. Bicycle Race Revisions Planned Leesburg will host a second bicycle classic next year despite complaints by some restaurateurs that the first one, which attracted 600 participants and 1,500 spectators four weeks ago, ruined their Mother's Day trade. Ann Tedesco, spokesman for the event, said, "I had told them {the restaurant owners} there would be no problem. I was wrong."

Next year the event will be planned so that the public will have access to parking lots near the restaurants, Tedesco said. "And believe me, we won't have it on Mother's Day," she added. "That was our first mistake." Hillsboro Bars Splitting Parcels The Town Council and Planning Commission of Hillsboro held the first joint public hearing in the town's history last week, during which the council approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance that prohibits owners of land in the town from subdividing parcels.

The next meeting of the council, scheduled for June 29, will be the last for Mayor Alexandra Spaith, who is moving to Leesburg. Spaith decided before November's elections not to seek a second term but changed her mind when rumors circulated that candidates affiliated with political extremist Lyndon LaRouche might seek the office. "Now we have to look for a mayor all over again," a council spokesman said. Lovettsville Budget Proposed Lovettsville Mayor Ken Harrington last week proposed a $180,000 fiscal 1987-88 budget to the Town Council, about $4,000 more than the current budget. The town's real estate tax rate of 10 cents per $100 of assessed value would remain unchanged; Lovettsville has no personal property tax. A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held June 18, with a vote expected June 25. Loudoun Hospital Plans Party Loudoun Memorial Hospital invites county residents to its 75th birthday party tomorrow beginning at 8 p.m. More than 21,000 babies have been born at the facility, previously called Leesburg Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

The celebration will feature country and western music, fireworks and award presentations. Partygoers are asked to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. For further information, call 771-2850. Manassas Eyes Homeless Shelter The Manassas City Council has approved a proposal by Serve, a city-run organization that aids the poor, to seek state funding to turn the old public works building into a shelter for the homeless. According to Serve Director Rosalie Green, the group is eligible for state and federal funds that would allow it to build a kitchen, a pantry, a dining room for 24 people and an isolation room for ill people.

Also, the council approved an amendment to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission agreement that will allow Manassas Park to participate. The Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved the city's membership last month, a county spokesman said. Manassas and Prince William and Stafford counties formed the group in 1985 to seek funding for a commuter rail line. Manassas Park officials hope to use their share of the funds raised through a special 2 percent gas tax to establish a commuter bus service to Washington and a resident bus service within the city. New Chamber Chief Cites Goals Robert Singletary, newly elected president of the 650-member Prince William/Manassas Chamber of Commerce, says he will urge the chamber to work closely with the county Office of Consumer Affairs to promote better business practices. "I will also try to urge the chamber to have a stronger voice in state and local affairs by speaking out more on the issues that affect this area," he said.

Singletary, president of a Manassas consulting firm, will take office July 1. He has been a chamber member for eight years and has served on the 25-member board of directors for six. Outdoor Summer Concerts The Prince William Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players will offer outdoor summer concerts at Tackett's Mill in Woodbridge on Fridays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. According to a symphony spokeswoman, a brass trio will perform tomorrow night, and concerts will continue through Aug. 28. In addition, the orchestra will present a "meet the instruments" program at 1 p.m. on Sundays. Manassas Museum Gets Grant The Manassas city museum was recently awarded a $9,485 grant from the Institute of Museum Services in Washington, according to a spokeswoman. The museum will use the funds to continue its work of collecting, preserving and interpreting the material culture of Manassas, Prince William County, Virginia and the Civil War era, she said. Occoquan Arts and Craft Show The Town of Occoquan will host its annual Occoquan Days arts and craft show Saturday and Sunday; more than 200 booths will offer arts, crafts and food. For information, call 494-9999. Nokesville Days Celebration A 7 a.m. breakfast and a parade Saturday will begin Nokesville Days, an annual event sponsored by the Nokesville Ruritan Club. Also featured: hay rides, antique vehicles and crafts. Saturday's celebration will end at 3:30 p.m. For information, call 594-2728. Young Fishing Tournament Set The Prince William Park Authority will sponsor a youth fishing tournament from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Locust Shade Park for children ages 6 to 12. An adult escort and a registration fee are required. For information, call 491-6862 or 221-8579. Students Honored for Writing Ability Four Prince William students have been recognized for their writing ability in a countywide competition. Those honored are Chrissy White of Woodbridge Middle School, grades six to eight; Ann Marshall of Parkside Elementary, grades four and five; Jeb Buresh of Rippon Elementary, grades two and three, and Angela Lubas of Sudley Elementary, kindergarten and grade one.

Loudoun Summer Aquatics Slated The YMCA of Loudoun County announces its summer aquatics schedule, with youth programs ranging from Diaper Dippers to Polliwogs to Sharks, and adult swim and aerobics sessions. Classes will be offered in Leesburg at the Quality Inn, Carradoc Hall and Xerox International Training Center, and in Hamilton at a private pool. For information on next week's registration, call 777-YMCA. -- Donna Acquaviva