Fredericksburg City Beat

This blog includes news about City Hall, city schools and other 22401 news.

Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or

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The urban issue

In five years of covering city government in Virginia, there is one theme I have heard over and over again: That Virginia’s core cities are more fiscally stressed, serve needier populations and have higher costs in other areas than the state’s more suburban areas, and that at the same time, they are at a disadvantage in the way the state doles out aid to local governments.

A state task force (of which Mayor Tom Tomzak was a member) recently issued a report identifying policies to make cities stronger. If you’re interested, you can check out the state’s Urban Policy Report here.