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Morning Buzz — Sept. 15, 2009

A daily digest of what’s going on in Fredericksburg, and what news from elsewhere is relevant here. Send suggestions to


Roads and taxes are on the City Council’s agenda tonight. The council’s 6 p.m.  work session in City Hall will include discussion of plans for a regional toll road authority to build a new interchange on I-95. Council members will also bring back up the issue of raising your personal property taxes. This was discussed during the budget process, but because personal property taxes aren’t due until next spring, it was put on the back burner for a while. But don’t worry, it’s back.

Incentives for business could be back up for discussion soon. Economic Development Authority members learned yesterday that city officials are working on plans to establish a new "tourism zone" (the legal framework that allows the city to offer incentives to target businesses) in the Central Park retail area to try to come up with creative ways to lure tenants into some of the big empty storefronts that now dot that development. A similar "technology zone" will likely be proposed for the U.S. 1 corridor from the Falmouth Bridge to Cowan Boulevard, to encourage technology-based businesses to help redevelop this area. More to come on this as it develops.



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  • lgross

    I found some info and played with it a bit to get

    Local Sales and Use Taxes Revenues ( from
    2008 Comparative Report of Local Government)

    85 Spotsylvania 15,559,570
    86 Stafford 9,639,629
    Fredburg 10,746,224


    85 Spotsylvania 120,614
    86 Stafford 123,690
    Fredburg 22543

    My Calculations (per capita sales taxes revenues)

    Spotsylvania $129
    Stafford $ 78
    Fredburg $ 477

    sure looks like the Burg gets a LOT of sales

  • mydar

    Item may be more of a Bill F. thing, but interesting to all:

    The purchasers’, a local investor group with an established presence in the economy segment of the Fredericksburg lodging market, plan to make significant renovations to the facility and retain the Econo Lodge franchise.