Fairfax County

The following were among actions taken by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its Aug. 6 meeting. For more information, call 246-3151.

TAXES AND SPENDING -- Faced with financially austere times and pressure from county taxpayers, the board voted to hold real estate, personal property and two county business taxes stable in fiscal 1992 and to limit increases in county government spending to 4 percent and county schools funding to 6 percent.

The move means that for the tax-paying year beginning next July 1, county property owners will continue to pay $1.11 per $100 of assessed value, and the county's business, professional and occupational license tax (BPOL) and corporate utility taxes will remain at their present levels.

BOND REFERENDUM -- The board voted unanimously to place seven bond referendums, totalling nearly $300 million, on the November ballot. Voters will be asked whether the county should sell general obligation bonds that include $169.3 for public schools; $80 million for transportation; $21.8 million for housing; $9.5 million for human services; $8 million for trails and sidewalks; $6.7 for storm drainage and $4.7 for public safety.

GROUP HOMES -- The board voted unanimously to revise the county's zoning ordinance for group homes so that applicants for homes with eight or fewer mentally disabled people would not be required to get a permit from the zoning administrator prior to opening, and operation of such a home would not be subject to public comment. In the past, citizens' groups have often objected to such homes being located in their communities.

Instead, most group homes with eight or fewer people would be permitted by right. Earlier this year, the General Assembly required that local jurisdictions adopt new laws that allow group homes for up to eight mentally disabled persons.

PARKWAY FINANCING -- The board agreed to go ahead with a plan to sell $330 million in revenue bonds to complete the Fairfax County Parkway, which it considers the county's top transportation priority. When completed, the road will extend from Route 7 in the northeast to Route 1 in the southeast.

The board previously considered selling general obligation bonds -- which would have required public approval -- to finance the parkway, but now plans to proceed with a plan to sell revenue bonds -- which do not require voter approval -- through the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. While general obligation bonds are repaid from the county's operating budget, revenue bonds are usually repaid with revenue from tolls, users fees or taxes.

APPEALS -- The board voted to appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court a Circuit Court judge's ruling that it violated the Virginia Freedom of Information Act when it met behind closed doors last year to talk about proposals to limit development in the Route 28 corridor. The board also voted to appeal the judge's ruling that General Assembly legislation overturning the downzoning earlier this year was constitutional.

MONTESSORI SCHOOL -- The board unanimously approved a special exception allowing an Annandale Montessori school to stay open five more hours each weekday to provide day care for children before and after school.

Owners of the Montessori School of Northern Virginia Inc. requested that the school, currently open from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, be allowed to operate from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Earlier this summer, neighbors living near the school at Pacific Lane near Braddock Road protested the plan, arguing that it would generate too much traffic. Since then, Supervisor Thomas M. Davis III (R-Mason) said school officials and neighbors had reached a compromise, which includes a requirement that parents carpool to the site in an effort to limit the number of cars travelling to the school each day.