Augusta County Board of Supervisors' Budget Public Hearing Divides Speakers

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

VERONA--- The Augusta County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing for the budget. The budget includes a tax increase of five cents.

Right now, the rate is 51 cents per $100 of your assessed property value. The board is looking at increasing it to 56 cents, per $100 of your assessed property value.

Around 70 people attended Wednesday's hearing. Several people were in opposition to the tax increase, and said that the school board should have to balance their budget better and work with what resources are already in place. However, many spoke in support of the budget. No one likes paying more taxes, but they supported the benefits it would have to the schools.

"I was pleased the number of people who were supportive of the tax increase. I think the core services need to be supported. I know that at least in education, we have some needs that have no been met," says Leonard Klein, an AP Computer Science teacher at the Shenandoah Valley Governor's School.

The Board will vote on the budget next Wednesday.


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