County Supervisors Propose Tax Increase to Fund Public Schools and Safety

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email



SHENANDOAH COUNTY -- County supervisors are deciding whether to raise taxes to support public schools and safety in the county.

The tax increases would only be on real-estate and property taxes at a proposed 10 percent for each. These proposed tax increases would give the county about $1.7 million in funding.

The majority of that funding would go to public schools. That's part of Gov. Bob McDonnell's new mandate.

The rest would go to public safety, which would included a school resource officer at each of the 10 county schools.

"The citizens, if this is what they want, then they need to come out and speak in support of this proposal. It seems that that's the sentiment, so we'll go accordingly," said Shenandoah County Supervisor Steven A. Baker.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff would need to supply the additional requested school resource officers.

After a staffing study he just released, he has offered to supply the officers without county funding for the first year.

If you'd like to voice your opinion on tax increases in the county, a public hearing is set for April 16th. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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