By Ken Esten Cooke— Mayor Jeryl Hoover spoke to the members of Fredericksburg Rotary Club on Monday and had some interesting things to say about local government and what our priorities should be in the coming years.
A self-described fiscal conservative, Hoover said the average taxpayer whose home is valued at $175,000 (a modest abode in these parts) pays roughly $455 a year in city taxes. Yet that same taxpayer receives roughly $14,600 in services from the city — from roads, to water, to electricity, to leaf pick up, and more.
Of course, these are supplemented by business taxes, sales taxes, rental fees and police fines, he said.
Yet Hoover said city officials and voters will have to prioritize over the next few years.
He said his personal top three issues for today were:
• Fredericksburg’s transition from a small town to a small city.