YOUR TOWN:  Caroline | Culpeper | King George | Fredericksburg | Orange | Spotsylvania | Stafford | Westmoreland     TODAY: 08.20.2014 | 

LEAF COLLECTION AND SNOW REMOVAL

It is illegal to burn leaves in the city; in the fall, the city schedules two curbside leaf collections on every street. Residents are responsible for snow removal from city sidewalks adjacent to their property. The walkways are to be cleared within 12 hours after the snow stops. Where it is impossible to remove ice, salt and sand may be applied.

TRASH DISPOSAL

The city has a voluntary curbside-recycling program. Each household can request an 18-gallon container, which should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. for once-a-week collection (day varies based on address). Recyclable items include glass, newspaper, plastics and aluminum.

City trash collection is optional for single-family residences and mandatory for higher density residential areas. It costs $31.50 bimonthly for nonmandatory areas and $25.50 bimonthly for mandatory areas. There is no trash collection on New Year's, Independence Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Call the city's Utility Billing office to sign up. www.fredericksburgva.gov/index.aspx?NID=468.
540/372-1182

City residents may also use the landfill on Eskimo Hill Road in Stafford. Hours: Monday- Friday: 8a.m. -5p.m., Saturdays and Sundays: 9a.m.-2p.m. Closed on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. There is no charge for city residents to dump their small household trash or appliances at the landfill. No commercial vehicles or trailers are allowed. There is a charge for commercial dumping.

Eskimo Hill Road Landfill
540/658-7119 For further information contact the city's Public Works department at: www.fredericksburgva.gov/index.aspx?NID=468, or 540/372-1023.


UTILITIES

WATER AND SEWER:
Web site

Water customers pay $0.218 per 100 gallons. Sewer fees are $0.442 per 100 gallons. The bimonthly meter fees for water and sewer depend on the size of the meter, starting at $7.30 for water and $8.15 for sewage.

Billing questions Emergencies during business hours
540/372-1023

Emergencies after 4:30 and on weekends and holidays
540/373-3122

ELECTRIC:

Dominion Virginia Power
Web site
888/667-3000

NATURAL GAS:

Columbia Gas
Web site
800/543-8911
emergency: 800/544-5606

TELEPHONE:

Verizon Communications
Web site
800/483-4000

CABLE

Cox Communications
Web site
540/373-6343


DOG TAGS

Dog tags can be purchased at the Treasurer’s Office in City Hall. Dog owners must have a valid rabies vaccination for all dogs older than 6 months. Tags are valid for one year.


CAR REGISTRATION

Fredericksburg does not require motorists to display annual decals, but it still charges a yearly “decal fee” of $20 for cars and $15 for motorcycles. Residents may need city identification on their cars, however, to use certain city services, including the Fredericksburg-only VRE parking lot. Those decals can be purchased for $2 annually at the Treasurer’s Office in City Hall.


VOTING

The voter registrar’s office is open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You must be registered 29 days before an election to vote. There are six council members and a mayor. Four represent wards, while the mayor and two council members are elected at-large. Two council members were elected to at-large seats in May. Mayor Tom Tomzak won his second term at the same time. In May 2006, an election was held to fill four ward seats on City Council.

Voter Registrar’s Office
540/372-1030


TAXES

Real-estate and some personal-property taxes are due twice a year, on May 15 and Nov. 15. Individuals whose automobiles qualify for car-tax relief are billed only once a year, with taxes due May 15. Bills are mailed out about six weeks before the deadline. Both taxes may be paid at the Treasurer’s Office in City Hall. The current personal-property tax rate is $2.99 per $100 assessed value. The real-estate tax rate is 56 cents per $100 assessed value on 100 percent of the market value.

Contacts:

Local tax bills
540/372-1001

State income tax help
540/372-1004

Tax-relief program
540/372-1004

Commissioner of Revenue's Web site


LIBRARY

The headquarters branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is in the city at 1201 Caroline St.
540/372-1144; TDD for the deaf, 540/371-9165
Open 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1–5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Web site: LibraryPoint.org.





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