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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 – April 27, 2010

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

City Council meets tonight. At a 5:30 p.m. work session, council members will make what are supposed to be their final budget revisions. Look for down-to-the-wire debates over contributions to nonprofits like the Fredericksburg Area Museum, a decision on whether the council should withdraw its portion of funding for bonuses at the Rappahannock Regional Jail and whether any leftover funds should go to particular programs or into the piggy bank for next year. (And since changes can still be made between now and the final budget vote, don’t be surprised if there are some loose ends after tonight.)

At the 7:30 meeting, council members could take their first of two required votes on the budget. In addition, they’ll hold a public hearing on whether to grant a special use permit for a 232-apartment complex at Celebrate Virginia called The Haven. Read about the Planning Commission’s deliberations on this project here.

Council members will also consider a resolution approving the issuance of up to $35 million in recovery zone facility bonds to Kalahari Resorts. These bonds are made available through the federal stimulus act. Read Bill Freehling’s story in today’s print version of the paper for the latest on the Kalahari bonds, and the negotiations over what fees the resort will pay the EDA to access these bonds.

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