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Decade-long effort to become a ‘two-high-school town’ comes to fruition

The cafeteria is the heart of the new Rocktown High School, with the academic, arts, STEM, and athletic wings extending off it. One of the cafeteria’s walls is a large window overlooking the patio with more seating outside. In the middle of the cafeteria, a wide staircase ascends to the doors of the learning commons—a library with study rooms. 

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City leaders mull 8-cent property tax increase to pay for new school’s opening, other services

The City Council is considering a proposed increase in the real estate tax next year, which would be the largest single increase in recent years and would take that tax rate to $1.04 for every $100 of assessed value on property. 

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Accusation of ‘bullying remarks’ at center of exchange between city council and city schools leaders

A letter between elected officials in Harrisonburg has laid bare the nuanced difficulties of city power dynamics, as well as an issue of parental privacy rights and ethical questions regarding the conduct of elected officials.

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Grant funds come at the right time for local groups focused on mental health

Harrisonburg has been spreading out $400,000 in grants from the federal American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds to improve mental health services in the city, and the funding comes precisely when many community organizations are in need of it. 

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No more warnings. East Market Speed cameras caught thousands of speeders this summer. Now they’ll be fined.

Thousands of people opened an unwanted surprise in their mail over the summer ever since the city installed speed cameras on East Market Street where construction has begun on improvements to the I-81 overpass. 

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First draft of next year’s budget calls for city worker raises and 3 cent real estate tax increase

The city council on Tuesday began discussing Harrisonburg’s 2023-24 budget, which includes a proposed real estate tax increase for a third consecutive year to help cover the cost of Rocktown High School. 

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A day after a pipe breaks, U.S. Senator delivers a federal check to cover its replacement

Federal money is arriving just in time to replace a more than century old pipe that, just this week, inconvenienced people in part of Harrisonburg and cost time, energy and money to fix for the umpteenth time. 

Mayor Reed goes to Washington … and other news and notes from city council

Harrisonburg’s top official will get some face time with the nation’s leaders next month. 

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