Supervisors Approve Tax Hike


AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The Augusta County Board of Supervisors has agreed to increase the real estate tax, beginning this July.

The rate will increase from 51 to 56 cents per $100 of property value. The vote passed 6-1, according to supervisor Larry Willis. Supervisor Marshall Pattie from the North River District was the only member to vote against the increase.

The additional revenue is slated to go to schools, the sheriff's office and fire and rescue.

People in Augusta County are divided over the tax hike. Helen Hipkins moved from New Jersey to Augusta County and said she had it a lot worse up north.

"That's a lot of money, truly it is, to a lot of people. But when you come from another area like the Northern states and everything else, that's like 'big deal,' no huge jump. What I'm paying here compared to what you're paying there? There's no comparison," said Hipkins.

The budget for the county has been agreed to with the vote; however, members are still waiting for official funding amounts from the state as the state budget process is still ongoing.


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