The following was among actions taken by the Alexandria City Council at its Oct. 23 meeting. For further information, call 838-4300.

BUDGET GUIDELINES APPROVED -- The council approved guidelines for its operating budget for fiscal 1992, which begins July 1, limiting the size of the municipal work force and holding spending to the recent rate of inflation.

A resolution adopted unaminously by the council calls for limiting any spending increase in the next budget to 6.1 percent, the amount the region's consumer price index rose in the 12 months that ended Sept. 30. The council is to officially adopt the fiscal 1992 budget in May. The city's current operating budget totals $269.6 million.

Although the guidelines recommend no new hiring for the 1,940-employee work force, they enable City Manager Vola Lawson to hire more employees if necessary to meet the city's needs. New hiring would have to be approved on a case-by-case basis by the council. Alexandria's budget problem, grounded in the economic slow-down and the prospect of decreasing state aid, is one facing many jurisdictions in region.

"We are confronted with an ever-tightening fiscal outlook," said council member Kerry J. Donley (D), who proposed the resolution along with council member T. Michael Jackson (D).

Mayor James P. Moran Jr. said, "We're not telling people what they want to hear, but we are telling them what they need to know."