Author: K. Mauser

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Council increases property tax to help pay new high school’s staff, but some residents feel stung by their rising bill

Edward Garrison bought his home in Harrisonburg in 1997 for $180,000, and like many city residents, watched the property value steadily increase over the next two decades. By 2021, his home’s value increased by about $108,000 since the day he bought it, he said. Then, with home prices sharply spiking amid high demand, it took just two more years for the house’s value to jump by another $108,000.

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A year after their approval, what’s the verdict on speed cameras?

Since the implementation of two speed cameras in the East Market Street construction zone, between 3,000 and 7,000 speeding tickets have been issued each month from September 2023 to February 2024, according to a speed camera update presented at the April 23 Harrisonburg City Council. People in Harrisonburg have conflicting opinions about the cameras, which will be in place for the three years that the stretch of road over I-81 will be under construction.

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City seeks to put safe streets effort into motion

In an effort to improve Harrisonburg’s road safety, the Public Works Department hopes to assess its roads, pedestrian and bike ways, as well as school routes, as part of a $750,000 initiative, which would include federal grant money.  

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