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

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It was a busy night for the City Council

Here are the other things the City Council took care of in their Tuesday night meeting:

-The $75.6 million budget was approved, with Howe as the only dissenting vote. (Read more about the budget here.)

-The council approved an ordinance setting the real estate tax rate at 72 cents per $100 dollars of assessed real estatevalue. It’s an increase of four cents over the current real estate tax rate, also with Howe as the only dissenting vote.

 -At the City Manager’s recommendation, the council approved an ordiance to raise water and sewage service fees.

- The council authorized the city manager to award a contract to extende the Cowan Boulevard trail to Messer Contracting. The project will cost approximately $150,000 and is being paid for by a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

-Results were presented from the National Citizens Survey, which was given to 1,200 city residents in February and March. (Look for more infomration on this later in the week.)

-The council held a public hearing about raising the rates for the Fredericksburg Regional Transit System. (Read more about it from transporation reporter Scott Shenk.)

-The council also approved a rate increase for the Fredericskburg Regional Transit System.

-The 2011 budget was amdended to appropriate $373, 633 in the comprehensive services act fund.

-The council approved an ordiance granting Verizon Virginia an easement across the Cal Ripken Sr. Youth Development Baseball Complex at 1200 Wicklow Drive, to provide telecommunications facilities to the park.

-The 2011 budget was amended to appropriate $12,907 of revenue in the forfeited asset sharing program for the use of the police department.