Fairfax County officials scheduled a public hearing to discuss the pros and cons of purchasing a $400 million Lorton-area trash incinerator, responding to a stink raised in the community.
Notice of the Feb. 22 hearing came at a Tuesday Board of Supervisors meeting, one day after County Executive Anthony Griffin made public his support for the purchase. Earlier in January, county staff recommended the purchase based on the potential for cost savings by 2029.
On Tuesday, Griffin said his primary concern was ensuring affordable garbage pick-up for years to come. Purchase from current owner Covanta Fairfax would allow the county more control in setting rates in years to come.
Some officials have voiced opposition to the expensive deal. Supervisor Pat Herrity, R-Springfield, said that it adds to the county's debt when most countyies are trying to avoid taking on more debt, and it unnecessarily assumes risk for a function that's been handled well enough by the private sector.
The county needs to make its decision by March 3. A purchase would be financed with revenue bonds, to be paid back with revenue from the trash facility.