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.
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.
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
For further information contact the city's Public Works department at: www.fredericksburgva.gov/index.aspx?NID=468, or 540/372-1023.
WATER AND SEWER:
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.
Emergencies during business hours
Emergencies after 4:30 and on weekends and holidays
Dominion Virginia Power
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.
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.
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
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.
Local tax bills
State income tax help
Commissioner of Revenue's Web site
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.