It would appear that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has backed down on its plan to buy a $100 million dollar building in the midst of a $600 million dollar budget crisis.
What can I say? My hat's off to the BOS for the first time in nearly 8 years!
At it meeting today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to discontinue any further consideration of the Gatehouse II purchase.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, who introduced the motion, said that the business plan for Gatehouse II has a number of positive features, including the opportunity to return some school facilities back into classrooms. “However,” she said, “an acquisition of an administrative building at this time, while we are struggling with a challenging budget and a volatile and unstable economy, is not in our best interest.”
The Gatehouse II proposal was first brought to the board in October 2008. Following discussion in closed session of the potential acquisition, members of the board were concerned about a number of aspects of the proposal, including the relatively narrow margin of savings expected over the long term. The board was briefed on an amended proposal at its Feb. 9 meeting.