Valley County Real Estate Taxes May Increase

SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. -- Taxes could be going up in one Valley county and leaders want to know what you think about it.

"We're always looking to save a buck. Taxes happen to be one area that people are not ever happy with,” shared Rich Chorch, taxpayer and co-owner of The Market in Woodstock.

"If you want the services, you've got to pay for the services," he elaborated.

He, along with thousands of others living in Shenandoah County are preparing for a potential real estate tax increase of 5.5 cents per $100. For Mary Price, the county administrator, it's a challenge that she said she's willing to take on to help the county do better.

"I have to say that even though I've dealt with it in a different manner, it's been an eye opener. It is a huge responsibility." shared Price.

She's a tax payer herself and said the extra money that would come in from an increase would help the county's schools.

"You certainly look at your parks and recreation and your education. Those are the some of the top qualifiers when people look at quality of life," Price continued.

It's that better quality of life that Chorch hopes will attract more people to the county despite the increasing numbers.

"This is great living here. We really, really enjoy it," he concluded.

With more money potentially moving in, leaders here hope more people will say the same.

There is a public hearing set for April 15 at W.W. Robinson Elementary School to get your input on the potential increase of real estate tax. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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