Fredericksburg City Staff will receive additional paid holidays in FY2013. City Council approved the measure 6 to 1 during their regular session on Oct. 23.
- Wednesday, Nov. 21, will be a half-day pre-Thanksgiving holiday.
- Monday, Dec. 24, will be a Christmas Eve holiday.
- Monday, Dec. 31, will be a New Year's Eve holiday.
City Manager Beverly Cameron told the council the additional holidays would cost the city about $10,000.
In a memo to Cameron recommending the additional leave, Human Resources Director Robert Bell said, "The staff recognizes that the City is still in difficult budget times; however, staff recommends granting the additional leave as a morale boost."
Ward 3 Council Member Fred Howe voted against the measure, saying he wanted the city first to report on the full additional cost to taxpayers. "We need to know the cost before we do this," he told the council.
The City considered the additional holidays after Gov. McDonnell added them this year for state employees.