Loudoun County

The following were among actions taken at the June 5 meeting of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. For more information, call 777-0200.

BOND SALES -- The board set a July 3 public hearing on proposals to authorize the Virginia Public School Authority to sell bonds to fund Loudoun school construction projects and to authorize the county to sell bonds to finance expansion of its landfill.

The state school authority, which handles school financing, would be asked to sell nearly $44.1 million in bonds, beginning in October. The action does not require voter approval.

The county is seeking to sell nearly $11.3 million in general obligation bonds, a process subject to voter approval in a proposed Nov. 6 referendum.

The school bond issue would finance the following projects through fiscal 1994, planned to accommodate expected growth in the school-age population during this decade:

$34 million for a new Broad Run High School.

$500,000 for an addition to Blue Ridge Middle School.

$1.23 million for an addition to Guilford Elementary School.

$1.9 million for an addition to J.L. Simpson Middle School.

$210,000 for tennis courts at Loudoun Valley High School.

$1.5 million for an addition to Monroe Vocational Technical Center.

$2 million for an addition to Sterling Middle School.

$2.76 million for a school bus maintenance facility.

The public hearing on the proposed bond sales will be at 3 p.m. in the county administration building, 18 N. King St., Leesburg.

HOME-BASED BUSINESSES -- The board voted unanimously to allow owners of home-based businesses in the county to employ one person who is not an immediate family member.

Under the county's zoning ordinance, home-based businesses have been prohibited from hiring non-family members -- those who are not related to the owner and who do not live on the premises.

The change was made after representatives of the county's Small Business Assistance Center and the Department of Economic Development told county staff members that nearly half of all home-based businesses have one employee. The business advocates said some home-based businesses would have a better chance of surviving if owners could hire non-family members.

The county wants to encourage home-based businesses, which now number nearly 3,000 in Loudoun County. They paid $750,000 in county taxes last year.

About 28 percent of home-based businesses are run by contractors, such as landscape specialists and painters. Personal services, such as those provided by hair stylists and music teachers, account for 20 percent, while business and professional services, such as those provided by accountants and doctors, account for 14 percent. About 16 percent of home-based businesses sell products rather than services.

If a home-based business employs a non-family member, an off-street parking space for the employee's use must be provided.