Fairfax County

The following were among actions taken by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 14 meeting. For more information, call 246-3151.

ATTRACTING BUSINESSES -- The Board of Supervisors, in a 5 to 4 vote, allocated $500,000 to help finance a nationwide advertising campaign to attract new businesses to the county.

County officials believe the arrival of more businesses would help increase the business tax base and protect jobs in the county during these slow economic times. Chairman Audrey Moore (D-At Large) and supervisors Thomas M. Davis III (R-Mason), Martha V. Pennino (D-Centreville), Joseph Alexander (D-Lee) and Elaine N. McConnell (R-Springfield) voted in favor of the allocation.

Supervisors Katherine Hanley (D-Providence), Lilla Richards, (D-Dranesville), Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) and Sharon Bulova (D-Annandale) voted against the measure, arguing in part that the board should not authorize spending half a million dollars on advertising at a time when the county has a mid-year budget shortfall of about $25 million and expects to have to cut the budget by about $20 million by the end of the fiscal year, on July 1.

HOSPITAL LEASE RENEWED -- The board voted 5 to 1, over the objections of several anti-abortion activists, to renew a lease for 75 years for Fairfax Hospital and Mount Vernon Hospital, for $10 a year.

In exchange for the low rent, Inova Health Systems, which operates the hospitals, will provide free or reduced-price hospital care to underinsured or uninsured low-income patients at all of its area hospitals.

Several anti-abortion activists opposed the lease because Fairfax Hospital performs abortions. However, only Supervisor McConnell cast a dissenting vote. Supervisors Davis, whose wife works in the hospital system, and Hyland, who represents the board on a hospital panel, abstained from voting. Supervisor Alexander left the meeting before the vote.