Fairfax County

The following were among actions taken by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its June 29 meeting. For more information, call 691-3187.

GOVERNMENT CENTER -- The board voted 8 to 0 to hold public hearings on a proposed agreement between the county and the Charles E. Smith Cos./Artery Organization partnership to build a new $83 million government center on county-owned land near Fair Oaks Mall.

Under the agreement, which is a revision of an earlier plan, the county would swap 116 acres of prime development land near Fair Oaks Mall in exchange for Smith/Artery's construction of a 633,000-square-foot government center. The county purchased the land in 1979 for $4.1 million. The land, including road improvements, currently is worth $42 million, according to county documents.

Last year, the board directed County Executive J. Hamilton Lambert to negotiate with Smith/Artery for the swap. Public heargins will be held before the Fairfax County Planning Commission on July 14 and before the board on July 27. The board will vote on the project following its hearing.

The agreement tentatively approved by the board represents a change from a previous agreement with Smith/Artery under which the county would have paid the partnership $5 million a year for 10 years.

Under the new proposal, the county would pay Smith/Artery $24.6 million. Smith/Artery plans to build 1.24 million square feet of office space, a 275-room hotel and a residential community on the county land not used for the governmental center.

For years, Fairfax County has considered building a new government center and move county offices from the Massey building in Fairfax City. Since the Massey building was completed in 1969, the number of full-time county government employes has increased from 2,300 to about 8,400.

Twenty-five county government agencies now lease space around Fairfax City, costing about $5 million a year, according to county figures.

EXECUTIVE SALARY -- The board voted to give County Executive J. Hamilton Lambert a $10,000 raise, bringing his salary to $108,357 annually. The raise was approved just weeks after the Fairfax County School Board voted to give a $10,000 raise to School Superintendent Robert R. Spillane, increasing his salary to $100,000 a year.

Board Vice Chairman Martha V. Pennino (D-Centreville) said, "You could not very well leave Mr. Lambert below the superintendent of schools." But Pennino said the board probably would have voted Lambert a raise anyway.

TAXICABS -- The board approved a 24 percent rate increase for taxicabs, the first since 1981.

The fee increase will raise the cab fare in Fairfax County for an average 5.7-mile trip from $6.30 to $8, making the rate slightly higher than the $7.80 rate in Arlington County and $7.90 rate in Alexandria.

The County Office of Consumer Affairs approved the rate increase, arguing that inflation has driven up costs in the last six years and that the new fee represented the same real price as the lower rate was in 1981.