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Wednesday notes

Two quick things:

  • Dan Telvock wrote today about how the reassessment notices Spotsylvanians get in February won’t show anywhere near the 50- to 60-percent jumps in property value they saw two years ago. Don’t forget that this past year, as reassessments were going on in the city, the council changed the schedule for those assessments from every four years to every two years. That means Fredericksburg will have to assess property again in 2009. This has prompted some speculation as to whether property values–some of which doubled and even tripled in the last reassessment–might flatten out or even drop in ’09. According to the Virginia Association of Realtors, the median sales price of a Fredericksburg-area home dropped 9 percent between October 2006 and October 2007, from $319,417 to $292,000. VAR’s definition of the “Fredericksburg area” includes the city, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline, King George and part of Westmoreland.
  • We often get some “interesting” discussions going in the comments below the stories posted to Today is the first time I think I’ve ever seen a City Councilman (or at least one willing to use his own name) enter the fray. That would be Matt Kelly sounding off on “MrZorro’s” comment on this story.