Fairfax County

The following were among actions taken by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its Feb. 8 meeting. For more information, call 246-3151.

BOND ISSUE -- The board approved placing a $150 million transportation bond issue on an April 12 ballot and decided which projects the bond issue should finance.

At least 50 people spoke at a three-hour public hearing on the referendum, most in favor of the bond issue. But many pushed for more money for specific projects in their own areas.

The supervisors spent another hour shifting some $10 million among the various projects before finally approving the package by an 8-to-1 vote.

Supervisor Elaine McConnell (R-Springfield) opposed the issue despite a last minute change that shifted $3 million from other projects to improvements to Braddock Road, which is in her district.

The final list includes: $31.2 million for two stretches of the cross-county Springfield Bypass;

$5.5 million for other projects needing more money;

$19 million to acquire land for future roadways;

$6.3 million for spot safety and intersection improvements, such as traffic signals and turn lanes;

$2 million for advanced design of projects;

$3 million to acquire land for park-and-ride lots in Reston, Springfield and Centreville;

$9.2 million for transportation garages and commuter rail stations and parking lots;

$9.8 million to widen Shirley Gate Road and extend Waples Mill Road to create a bypass around Fairfax City;

$14.8 million to improve the Rte. 50/West Ox Road interchange;

$4.2 million to widen Rolling Road to four lanes between Burke Lake Road and the Southern Railroad Bridge;

$16 million to widen West Ox Road to four and six lanes between Rte. 29 and Legato Road, which will be relocated;

$5.4 million to construct two lanes on Wiehle Avenue between Dranesville Road and Stuart Road;

$1.5 million to study improving the Gallows Road/Rte. 29 interchange;

$15.3 million for partial improvements to the South Van Dorn Street/Beltway interchange;

$1.1 million to study improving the Rte. 236/Beaurgegard Street intersection;

$3 million to extend Braddock Road from Union Mill Road to Rte. 28;

$1.4 million to improve intersections and add signals on Rte. 1;

$250,000 to improve traffic flow at Seven Corners;

$200,000 to extend the Rte. 236 service drive from Medford Drive to Woodland Road.

OCCOQUAN SEWER -- The board rejected a developer's request to extend sewer service into the protected Occoquan watershed, even though the Planning Commission last month approved the project.

The board voted 7 to 1 to prohibit sewer service to the 1,185-acre Balmoral subdivision, a proposed luxury subdivision intended to include 195 houses costing $750,000 or more clustered around a 200-acre private golf course and recreation center.

Some neighboring civic and home owner associations support the plan, which they said would better protect surrounding land and water than if the developer used septic fields.

But county staff members said the plan might set a precedent for extending sewer service, and thereby encourage more development in the watershed for the Occoquan Reservoir, the water source for about 600,000 Northern Virginians.

COUNTY STICKERS -- The board asked the staff to study whether to increase the fine for county residents who do not pay property taxes on their cars.

Supervisor Martha Pennino (D-Centreville) said motorists who own luxury cars often find it cheaper to pay the $25 fine imposed each time police stop them than to pay the tax. The tax last year was $4.57 per $100 of assessed value.

She suggested raising the fine to $100 and refunding $75 to the owners who can present a windshield decal proving they've paid the tax. The decals are given to owners who pay the tax.