Fredericksburg City Beat

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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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- I’ve already had one call about the public hearing on the proposal to ditch the discount on the meals tax. Van Perroy who runs the Fredericksburg Square banquet hall downtown, said that discount is necessary compensation for the work it takes for restaurants to add up and turn over their meals tax. "That three percent was put in there to take into account the fact that you’re being pressed into service to do a lot of work," Perroy said. Incidentally, it looks like the city is moving forward with the process to remove the lodging tax discount, as well. Read a little about why here.

- The University of Mary Washington’s Eagle Village project will be up for public hearing before the Planning Commission Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. So will a proposal by Perroy to turn the Sophia Street apartments he bought more than a year ago into 22 hotel rooms adjoining Fredericksburg Square.

- The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation will talk about its capital campaign at an event on Wednesday at the public conference room in the old Maury School. Since local philanthropist Doris Buffett announced she would match up to $1 million in cash donations toward the fields the foundation hopes to build, the group has gathered about $118,000 in cash. They apparently have more than $1 million more in pledges. Capital campaign goal is in the $3.7 million to $4 million range. More in tomorrow’s paper.