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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 – May 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.

If you have trouble getting ahold of someone in state government tomorrow, it’s because all state employees will take a furlough day (a forced, unpaid day off) tomorrow, a measure originally proposed by former Gov. Tim Kaine to balance the budget. Furloughs have become a part of work life for many area employees during this recession. In Fredericksburg, the original version of next year’s budget had proposed four furlough days for city employees. These would have been four specific days, spread out over the course of the year, where City Hall would have closed for the day and employees would have forgone a day of pay. As revenue projections changed over the course of the budget process, three of those four furlough days were eliminated before the council approved the budget earlier this month. On Tuesday, the city manager presented his plan to eliminate the final furlough day (restoring each day costs roughly $35,000). Basically, the city’s costs for group life insurance premiums for next year came in lower than they had budgeted for, so the savings will be used to eliminate the last furlough day. For more detail, click here.

It’s going to be in the mid-90s today. When you’re sweltering in your car stuck in traffic on the way home, keep in mind that Dixon Park pool opens for the season on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Doris Buffett’s gift will once again make the pool free for city residents.

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