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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 — Nov. 16, 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.

There’s a lot still unknown about next year’s budget. As City Council members heard at their planning retreat on Friday, additional state budget cuts, a likely increase in pension costs and the continued performance of the sales tax and other major revenue sources are hard to put good numbers on right now. Over the weekend, the Daily Press editorial board wrote about the difficulties localities face this year. Some of the questions raised in the editorial are the same ones council members discussed on Friday, and will talk more about as budget season begins. 

After all the sobering budget talk Friday, City Manager Beverly Cameron joked that council members should forget all the bad news before turning to talk about building a nearly $40 million courthouse. He then made a case, which we reported here, for why now is an important time for the city to make some progress on this longstanding need. As usual, Matt Kelly was the loudest voice against building courts now. He made a case for why the city can’t afford the project now over the weekend on his blog, which you can read here

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