Augusta Supervisors Vote for Tax Increase

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It was a packed house Wednesday night at the Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting.
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troy

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well jst great there goes my taxes again I tell you what they should the people who have kids charge them by the kid maybe that will make a difference I don't have kids never wanted any but I think the ones who do should pay THEIR SHARE!!and stop spending wastefull $$ on fancy schools I went to Wilson in the late '70's that school is safe & simple you don't need fancy brick a high dollar artetict to draw up your plans I would rather see things kind need like computers and don't get me start on teachers salaries they got a monopoly when Harrisonburg,or rockingham co,or Staunton, or Waynesboro gives their teachers they think they deserve 1 too I believe I read the going salary is now $40,000/ wow with all the holidays U& 3 months off a year wow
Donnie

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Total bull crap, I pay over $2700.00 a year now, and they do this in the middle of a bad storage economy. I have two buildings on my land that I pay over $900.00 for now. I will be knocking them down, I don't need them, and that way the county will not be getting that money. If everybody in the county, would destroy an unused building or decks or anything they charge us for, destroy them, stop the county from coming to us, and raising our taxes. The school needs to operate off and budget, like most people in the US. Every time a city or county needs anything, all they say is raise the peoples taxes. Well, the people are getting sick of it. Why cant they live of a BUdget????
huck

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troy wrote:
I read the going salary is now $40,000/ wow with all the holidays U& 3 months off a year wow
wow, with a salary like that they can laugh at this tax increase
Mom of 2

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troy wrote:
well jst great there goes my taxes again I tell you what they should the people who have kids charge them by the kid maybe that will make a difference I don't have kids never wanted any but I think the ones who do should pay THEIR SHARE!!and stop spending wastefull $$ on fancy schools I went to Wilson in the late '70's that school is safe & simple you don't need fancy brick a high dollar artetict to draw up your plans I would rather see things kind need like computers and don't get me start on teachers salaries they got a monopoly when Harrisonburg,or rockingham co,or Staunton, or Waynesboro gives their teachers they think they deserve 1 too I believe I read the going salary is now $40,000/ wow with all the holidays U& 3 months off a year wow


Troy, I have 2 kids and I live in Augusta County. I missed church one Wednesday night to attend a BOS meeting with my husband who spoke out against the tax increase. We all understand why everyone pays for the education of the next generation. The problem here is the school board. They think if the teachers make the same money as teachers in other counties that will make a difference in the quality of the education provided by our county. I fail to see the logic in their argument.

As far as technology goes, if the citizens want to make upgrades when needed, that is money down a hole, the school system will never be able to afford to keep up. However, when the hard earned cash is left in the pocket of the earner then parents can afford to provide these and other enhancements, like sports, art, and music, as they see fit without having their hand out to every citizen to provide them.

BTW we homeschool therefore we pay our taxes and receive no educational benefits from the County. Additionally, we provide all of our curriculum, technology, and additional interests like Drama and Art for our daughter. We do it on a single income of less than $40,000 per year.

My advice is; take personal responsibility. Parents should be left to be responsible for their own children's education. If the public school is not working for you, you have other options. And citizens need to take responsibility for whomever they elect or appoint to leadership positions. Get involved and bring your voices into the budget discussions. Remind the decision makers who they work for.

Respectfully,
Mom of 2

Lyndhurst, VA

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Apr 25, 2013
 
****= the drain. I did not curse. Auto bleep did not like my wording, sorry.
Kelly

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Regarding teacher pay,$40,000 is not the going rate. My husband finally reached $40,000 after his 14th year of teaching and he hasn't had a raise in four years.
A lot of people ask why the School Board asks for more money every year instead of keeping the same budget, but other than salaries, all of the other costs have continued to go up. While they could continue to underpay the teachers, they cannot control the cost of energy, food for lunches, supplies, etc. Working with the same amount of dollars would be illogical and impossible.
Party Pooper

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Kelly wrote:
Regarding teacher pay,$40,000 is not the going rate. My husband finally reached $40,000 after his 14th year of teaching and he hasn't had a raise in four years.
A lot of people ask why the School Board asks for more money every year instead of keeping the same budget, but other than salaries, all of the other costs have continued to go up. While they could continue to underpay the teachers, they cannot control the cost of energy, food for lunches, supplies, etc. Working with the same amount of dollars would be illogical and impossible.
I have been retired for 15 years and my pension is the same as 15 years ago. The schools need to live within their budget and not keep asking for more money. This thing for giving teachers a raise because some other district got one is a racket.
huck

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Apr 26, 2013
 
The AVERAGE starting salary for a 2013 college graduate is $44,000.
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http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/10/pf/college/gr...
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I wonder if teachers need a degree?
Wamp

Charlottesville, VA

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May 7, 2013
 
The county allows agricultural land to be developed to increase the tax base to better fund public projects (such as schools) but with the development comes an ever increasing need for public funds. Unmitigated growth is a cancer. Look around Augusta County, suburban sprawl abounds and the once beautiful Valley culture of hard working farmers is becoming nothing but hapless rednecks exploited by carpetbaggers.

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