Board of Supervisors Approve Tax Increase

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

SHENANDOAH COUNTY -- People who live in the county will have to pay more taxes next fiscal year. The board of supervisors approved the increase Tuesday night.

Neighbors will see an increase on real estate and property taxes. A county supervisor said it's hard not to raise taxes with so many cuts, but some neighbors don't understand why the county needs extra money.

Tommy Nichols is happy to have his own home, but he's not too happy about paying extra taxes on it.

"We are on a fixed income. We can hardly afford them and for them to go up even more. I don't know what we're gonna do," said Nichols.

The real estate tax rate in Shenandoah County will go from 51 cents to 54 cents per $100 of a home's assessed value. The personal property tax will increase 35 cents.

“If you have a farm and a home, you're talking about $5,000 to $6,000. That's a lot of money."

Neighbor Vicky Couvillon said the tax is not unreasonable. She moved from Connecticut to Shenandoah County because of high taxes.

“When you're used to paying big, big bucks for little services, this is minuscule,” said Couvillon.

A county supervisor said this tax increase will prevent even bigger hikes in the future.

“You want to do a little here, so you don't have to do huge later on,” said Stephen Baker, a county supervisor.

Supervisor Steven Baker said in the past, the county used reserve money to prevent tax hikes, but with so many cuts, he said it's hard not to.

“The feds have cut back, the state has cut back, and it has put more burdens in the localities to come up with these services.”

Part of the tax increase will help pay for building and security upgrades at schools.
It will also help pay for the health insurance for school employees.

Not everyone agrees with helping pay for it.

“I raised three girls and they went to school. I don't know why they need so much money now,” said Nichols.

Couvillon disagreed.

“The kids are the future of our country and if we're not doing what's right for them then shame on us,” she said.

Part of the money will also help pay for public safety personnel.

Baker said taxes have only been raised twice in the last 10 years, so this is not much compared to other areas.

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