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

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Morning Buzz — Sept. 29, 2009

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

Taxing blight. The Washington Business Journal reported in this week’s issue that the District of Columbia Council recently adopted a "blight tax" of $10 per $100 of value to discourage property owners from letting their buildings become nuisances and eyesores. Fredericksburg leaders talked a lot about blight a few years ago. They adopted a spot blight policy and established a vacant property registry, tools the state allows cities to use to manage blighted properties. But walk around and look at some of the properties that were making headlines back when these policies were put in place–1200 Prince Edward St. and 310 Frederick St. come to mind–and you’ll see that even with tools like this, blight does not go away quickly. 

No council meeting tonight. Some of them will be heading to Caroline County for the latest regional elected officials meeting, which is basically a free dinner with hand-shaking. 

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