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1. What is a wetland?

City Council

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1. How do I find out what's on City Council agendas?
2. When are elections for City Council members?
3. How do I determine who my Ward representative is?
4. May I speak at a City Council meeting?

City Manager

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1. What are the various city departments and their duties?
2. How do I find a phone number to a specific department?

Clerk of Council

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1. When are City Council meetings?

Clerk of the Circuit Court - Marriage Licenses

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1. Do I have to show proof of Divorce, present my birth certificate, or take a blood test?
2. What if I am not a resident of Virginia or even a citizen of the United States?
3. Can I get married at the Courthouse?
4. Who can perform the Marriage?
5. How do I find a Civil Celebrant?
6. How long is the license valid?
7. When will I get copies of my license?
8. May same sex couples marry in the Commonwealth of Virginia?

Commonwealth’s Attorney

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1. What are the functions of the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney?

Community Planning & Building

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1. How can I find out what is in the City’s Zoning Ordinance?

Community Planning & Building > Zoning

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1. How can I find out what is in the City’s Unified Development Ordinance?
2. I plan to open a business in the City. What should I do first?
3. Can I operate a business from my home?
4. Do I need a permit to erect a fence or wall on my property?
5. Do I need a permit to erect a shed or gazebo on my property?
6. How can I determine if I can build a deck or an addition to my home?
7. Can commercial vehicles be parked in a residential district?
8. How many personal vehicles can a resident have?
9. How many people can live in a home?
10. What is the procedure to apply for a Rezoning, Special Use Permit, or Special Exception Permit?
11. Can I put up a temporary banner or portable roadside sign to advertise my business?
12. Who should I contact if I am concerned about a possible zoning violation in my neighborhood?

COR - Business Personal Property

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1. What is considered Business Personal Property?
2. What is the tax rate for business personal property?
3. How do I file a business property return? What is the deadline?
4. I work out of my home, do I still have to file?
5. I depreciate the value of my business personal property each year for tax purposes. How does that impact the way my return is filed with the City of Fredericksburg?
6. Is computer equipment valued the same way as other business equipment?
7. Do I have to file a new business property return each year?

COR - Individual Personal Property

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1. What is considered individual personal property?
2. How do I file an individual personal property return? What is the filing deadline?
3. How do I know if my vehicle needs a City decal?
4. What is a vehicle license fee?
5. I am a new resident to the City of Fredericksburg. What do I need to do?
6. I am moving out of the City of Fredericksburg. What do I need to do?
7. How do I know if the locality I am moving to is a 'prorating' or a 'non-prorating' locality?
8. I am planning on disposing of my vehicle. What do I need to do?
9. Do I have to register a leased vehicle with the City of Fredericksburg?
10. I am a college student. Where do I register my vehicle?
11. If I am in the military, do I have to pay personal property taxes?
12. If I own an antique or vintage vehicle, do I have to register the vehicle with the City of Fredericksburg?
13. My spouse and I are separated and our vehicle is jointly owned. Who is responsible for the personal property taxes?
14. How do you determine the assessment on a vehicle?
15. When are personal property taxes due? Where do I send payments? How much did I pay in taxes last year?
16. Does the City offer a discount for vehicles with high mileage?
17. Why do I need to file for the high mileage discount every year?
18. How do I contact DMV to update my vehicle information?

COR - Land Use

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1. How many acres of agricultural land do I need to qualify for land use?
2. If I sell my parcel of land do I have to pay back taxes?
3. If I sell my parcel and the buyer does not want to farm it any longer, who pays the taxes?
4. If I buy a piece of land that is in land use and change the use of it a year or so later, why do I have to pay the back taxes of the previous owner?

COR - Real Estate

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1. How do I know if a piece of property is within the City limits?
2. What is the real estate tax rate?
3. Where can I find out how much I paid in real estate taxes on my property?
4. Where can I find out how my property is assessed?
5. Why did I receive a supplemental real estate tax bill?
6. Where can I get a copy of a survey of my property?
7. Where are the maps of all the parcels in the City of Fredericksburg located?
8. How do I find out the current owner of a piece of property?
9. My spouse recently passed away. How do I remove his/her name from the bill?
10. How do I find out what the assessment was on my house when I purchased it over 10 years ago?
11. I recently paid off my mortgage. Is there anything I need to do?
12. How do I find out about any easements or right-of-ways on my property?
13. How can I determine the zoning on a property and if I can build on the land?
14. Where do I go to get a building permit?
15. Does the City offer a tax break for rehabilitating historic properties?
16. How often does the City reassess property values?

COR - Reassessments

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1. General Property Reassessment
2. What is the purpose of a reassessment?
3. When will the notices be mailed and the assessed values be available?
4. How was the 2016 reassessment conducted?
5. Are all sales considered in determining the real estate market?
6. What types of factors are considered in assessing value?
7. What impact might this have on my taxes?
8. I don’t agree with my assessment. What should I do?

COR - Tax Relief

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1. How do I get real estate tax relief?
2. How old do you have to be to qualify for tax relief?
3. What is the maximum income you can receive and still qualify for tax relief?
4. What is the maximum net worth limit to qualify for tax relief?
5. Do I have to list my social security as income on my tax relief application?
6. Can I subtract my mortgage payment from my income on my tax relief application?

EMS Fees for Service Information

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1. What is revenue recovery?

Fiscal Affairs

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1. How do I get a monthly parking pass for the Sophia Street Parking Garage?

Main

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1. How do I contact a city/county department?
2. Where can I find the answers to my frequently asked questions?

Parks, Recreation & Public Facilities

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1. How do I know what is going on in your department?
2. How do I register for a class or program?

Police

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1. How do I sign up to get emergency messages?
2. Can I make a police report over the phone?
3. Can I get a copy of a police report?
4. How do I find the magistrate's office?
5. How do I serve somebody with a "no trespassing" order on my property?
6. How can I check on crime and police activity in a particular neighborhood?
7. Can I legally discharge a firearm in the City?
8. When should I call 911?

Police - Detective Division

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1. How do I find out the status of my case?
2. Why didn’t the officer or detective dust for fingerprints?
3. I had property taken for evidence. Can I get it back?
4. What should I do if I’m in an abusive relationship or a victim of domestic violence?
5. I think my neighbors are involved in criminal activity. What should I do?

Police - Patrol Division

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1. How can I pay a traffic ticket?
2. Can I get a copy of a police report?
3. What do I need to know about burglar alarm permits for my property?

Police - Support Division

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1. Why did I get a parking ticket in the mail? (autoChalk system)
2. How do I contest or pay a parking ticket?

Public Works

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1. Do I have to sign up for trash service?
2. Are there changes in trash and recycling collection schedules on Government holidays?

Social Services

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1. Where is the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services located?
2. What are the hours of operation?
3. Do I contact the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services for issues regarding Child Support?
4. My address is in Fredericksburg. Does that mean I am a city resident?
5. How do I contact my case worker?
6. If I move to Fredericksburg from another Virginia locality, will be benefits transfer?
7. How do I report child abuse or neglect?
8. How do I report adult abuse or neglect?
9. How do I learn more about becoming a foster parent?
10. How can I find out if I am eligible for benefits?
11. Are there any general requirements?
12. How can I get an application for benefits?
13. Where do I return my application?
14. Will I need to provide any sort of documentation?
15. How soon will I know if my application has been approved?
16. My application was denied because I could not provide all of the requested information. Can I re-apply?
17. Who is eligible for SNAP?
18. When do I get my SNAP benefits?
19. How do I get my SNAP benefits with the Virginia EBT card?
20. What is a PIN?
21. What if I forget my PIN?
22. What if I lose or damage my EBT card?
23. What if I don't want to use all of my benefits in one month?
24. What if I plan to move or change my address?
25. Is a resource family the same as a foster family?
26. How long does the certification process take?
27. Can I choose the child I want?
28. After I complete the certification process, how long is the wait before I get a placement?
29. Can a single adult be a resource parent?
30. Can we foster and/or adopt if we are living together without being married?
31. Is there financial assistance for resource families?
32. What about the medical needs of the children?

Technology / GIS

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1. How often do you update your database and map layers?
2. What is the minimum system requirement to be able to interact with the City’s GIS system?
3. Where do I find additional answers to my GIS questions?

Transit (FRED Regional Transit)

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1. Does Fredericksburg have a public transit system?
2. How much does it cost to ride FRED?
3. Is FRED accessible to the mobility challenged?
4. Does FRED provide door-to-door paratransit service?
5. What hours does FRED operate?
6. Does FRED provide commuter transportation north to the Washington, DC, area?
7. Does FRED have employment opportunities?

Treasurer

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1. Where is the Treasurer’s Office located?
2. Will I receive my tax bills at the proper address if I notify DMV and/or the USPS of an address change?
3. Who do I make checks payable to and where do I mail my payment?
4. When I pay my bills with online banking, why does it take so long for payments to reach the Treasurer’s Office?
5. I mailed my payment in before the due date. Why have I incurred late fees?
6. Why does printing a receipt from my online payment seem so “user unfriendly”?
7. How often does the City bill for annual personal property taxes?
8. For real estate taxes, why does the City function on a Fiscal Year basis instead of a calendar year?
9. Why do I need a PIN to pay my personal property taxes online?
10. How can I reset my PIN for online payments if I forget it?
11. Why am I receiving another personal property tax bill mid-year?

Utility Billing Office

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1. How do I set up a new account?
2. Can I start/terminate service by calling the office?
3. Can I have my service activated or terminated on weekends?
4. What are my trash/recycle pick-up days?
5. Does the City require or provide trash receptacles?
6. Are automatic payment plans available?
7. Is there a penalty for late payment of my utility bill?
8. What if I am having trouble paying my utility bill?
9. Will the City allow me to have an irrigation only account?
10. Who do I contact if I have a water quality issue?

Voter Registrar

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1. Who can register to vote in Fredericksburg?
2. Do I have to register for each election?
3. What should I do if I move to another city or county in Virginia after I register?
4. What should I do if I have changed my name or local address since the last election?
5. Can I transfer my registration from another state?
6. What should I do if I have been convicted of a felony or judged to be mentally incompetent?